The current president, Malcolm Turnbull, called the Liberals to a vote to end the crisis of governance but ended up being replaced.
Scott Morrison , until now head of the Treasury office of Australia, today became the leader of the Liberal Party – in the government since 2013 – and will replace, in the absence of the formal process, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The so far Australian leader , who came to power in 2015 in another internal revolt , called the Liberals to a vote with the aim of ending the crisis of governance and hinted that he will leave his seat in the Parliament of Canberra.
Morrison prevailed in the vote (45 votes against 40) to the former Minister of the Interior, Peter Dutton, told the press the charge of disciplinary affairs of the Liberals, Nola Marino. According to analysts, Morrison, a practicing Christian, is seen as a moderate liberal. “I want to congratulate Morrison (…) and ensure my absolute loyalty,” said Dutton, leader of the revolt against Turnbull, who did not apply, leaving the meeting that lasted about 30 minutes.
It is the second time that the Liberals, winning group in the elections of 2013 and 2016, changed their leader and president, after Turnbull took power in 2015 through the same internal mechanism to his co-religionist Tony Abbott. “There is still a government to save (…) We want to make a strong country,” Abbott said at the conclusion of the assembly.
At the meeting was also elected by an “absolute majority” Josh Frydenberg, head of Energy and Environment, as deputy prime minister, Marino said.
Turnbull called this morning to the liberal parliamentarians for an extraordinary meeting, held in a room in the Parliament of Canberra, and after receiving the request for convocation signed by 43 party members.
The day before, Turnbull indicated that if the leadership of the party were to vote, he would not present his candidacy and even opened the possibility of renouncing his seat in the Lower Chamber of the Parliament of Canberra, where the Government has a vote of advantage.
Dutton, who lost Tuesday by 35 to 48 votes against Turnbull in a vote for the leadership, had insisted on holding a second meeting considering that he had the necessary votes to take the reins of the party and government.
After the crisis unleashed on Tuesday, a total of 13 legislators have resigned ministerial posts, including Cormann, once considered the strongest ally of Turnbull.
Australia plans to hold a general election in 2019, although some analysts believe it could be moved forward. The internal struggles for power and the changes of leaders have become frequent in Australia for almost a decade, both in the governments of the Liberal-National coalition and in those of the Labor Party.