Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott holds job in party vote
After a party vote, it was decided that the Australian Prime Minister will keep his job, winning a challenge to his position from lawmakers in his conservative Liberal Party.
After the vote taking in Canberra, Abbott said, “The Liberal Party has dealt with the spill motion, and now this matter is behind us. We are absolutely determined to work for you, the people who elected us. We want to end the disunity and the uncertainty which destroyed two Labor governments, and give you the good government that you deserve.”
The Labor government that was in rule previously lost the election in September 2013 after it dumped its leaders twice. The lawmakers of the Liberal party attended the ballot secretly. Amidst mounting dissatisfaction with the leadership of Mr. Abbott, a junior lawmaker from Western Australia, Luke Simpkins called for the move on Friday.
Abbott was forced to promise to run the team better last week and he also has acknowledged some of his own major policy platforms that were politically unpalatable. He said that the government would focus on jobs and families in addition to strengthening the economy. He said that the challenge in just 16 months into his leadership was a chastening experience.
The central bank of Australia cut its benchmark interest rate last week after a drop in resource price was observed which dampened the forecasts for economic growth and expectations for unemployment also rose.