February 23, 2018 / 3:14 AM / 10 months ago

Australian deputy prime minister resigns from Cabinet, remains in parliament

SYDNEY, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party and will move to the backbench after weeks of pressure over an extra-marital affair with his former media secretary.

Joyce said he will step down on Monday as leader of the National party, the junior partner in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s centre-right coalition. He will remain in parliament, safeguarding Turnbull’s shaky one-seat majority.

Joyce, a practising Catholic, has been married for 24 years and has campaigned on “family values”. (Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Paul Tait)

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