August 22, 2018 / 9:36 AM / 3 months ago

Australian rebel lawmakers press for second leadership contest - newspaper

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Lawmakers from Australia’s ruling Liberal Party were pressing for second leadership vote as early as Wednesday, a day after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull narrowly survived a challenge from former home minister Peter Dutton, The Australian daily reported.

The newspaper said in its online edition that Dutton’s supporters were circulating a petition to call for a second leadership contest. Dutton would need a majority among Liberal Party lawmakers to bring about a vote. If successful, Dutton is likely to have sufficient support to oust Turnbull.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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