August 23, 2018 / 1:54 AM / 8 months ago

Australian government moves to adjourn parliament

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia’s embattled government moved to adjourn parliament on Thursday which would allow its ruling Liberal party to hold a second leadership vote for prime minister.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership looked doomed on Thursday after several senior ministers tendered their resignations and called for a second ballot.

Turnbull narrowly won a ballot on Tuesday against former home affairs minister Peter Dutton. Dutton and senior ministers on Thursday called for a second leadership contest.

(The story corrects paragraph three to show Turnbull narrowly won Tuesday vote par three)

Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Michael Perry

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