Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:05PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 23, 2018 11:36PM EDT
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability.
Morrison defeated the key challenger Peter Dutton, a former Cabinet minister, by a vote 45-40.
Dutton’s supporters had forced incumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to hold the leadership ballot. Turnbull did not contest the ballot and has said he will quit politics.
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