New PM Elected in Australia

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A new Prime Minister was elected in Australia.

Social conservative Scott Morrison will become the next head of the Australian government after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out under pressure from party opponents.

Morrison will lead the government after gaining victory in an internal ballot: he received 45 votes over 40 votes for former Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, his main rival.

Malcolm Turnbull was forced to resign last week after a row over the country’s energy policy within the conservative wing of his own party. He is the fourth Australian PM in a decade who was ousted by own colleagues.

“It has been such a privilege to be the leader of this great nation. I love Australia. I love Australians,” Turnbull said.

Morrison said he will be working to “bring our party back together which has been bruised and battered this week” and bring the country back together.

Known as a pragmatic and ambitious politician, he will face a tough challenge to convince the electorate that he is the one to stay in power.