Bruised Australian PM Abbott survives leadership challenge




 
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February 9th, 2015  
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Topic: Bruised Australian PM Abbott survives leadership challenge


By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott survived a challenge to his leadership on Monday after his ruling Liberal Party voted down a motion to unseat him after weeks of infighting, but the attempted revolt appears likely to weaken his grip on power. In a secret party room ballot, a vote to declare the positions of party leader and deputy leader vacant was defeated by 61 votes to 39, a party official told reporters. In a short televised statement following the vote, Abbott insisted the turmoil was over and called for unity within the conservative party and the country. "The Liberal Party has dealt with the spill motion and now this matter is behind us," Abbott said.




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