At least ten government ministers in Australia have offered to resign following a failed bid to oust Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as party leader.
There are reports of another leadership spill with at least nine ministers offering their resignation to Malcolm Turnbull. Julie Bishop is allegedly tipped to contend for the top job.
James McGrath, assistant minister to the prime minister, insisted his resignation was accepted on Wednesday.
On Tuesday Mr Turnbull won a party leadership vote. Ten ministers then offered to resign, including challenger Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
Mr Turnbull is under pressure over poor polling and a divisive energy policy.
He initially accepted Mr Dutton’s resignation and that of International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells but rejected the other eight, including Mr McGrath’s.
Mr Turnbull’s centre-right coalition will face a general election by May next year, after recently losing a key by-election in Queensland.
Mr Turnbull narrowly won a party room leadership vote yesterday but is now likely to face a second challenge. He accepted the resignation of his challenger, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, and one other minister.
Turnbull is under pressure because of a long run of poor polling and a divisive energy policy. His centre-right coalition will face a general election by May next year, after recently losing a key by-election in Queensland.
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The opposition Labor party has accused the government of being in chaos