August 20, 2018 / 12:55 AM / 4 months ago

Australian PM Turnbull plays down risk of leadership challenge

FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a news conference after a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Walschaerts

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Embattled Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull played down speculation on Monday of an imminent leadership challenge within his own party, saying he enjoyed the confidence of his Cabinet and party room.

Turnbull was asked repeatedly at a news conference, called to announce the latest changes to a key national energy policy, about a possible challenge from the right wing of his Liberal Party, the senior partner in the government coalition.

“Can I say, I have, I enjoy the confidence of the Cabinet and of my party room,” Turnbull said.

Reporting by Wayne Cole; Editing by Paul Tait

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