Australia has a new prime minister designate after Tony Abbott was ousted in a party room rebellion led by former communications minister Malcolm Turnbull. Abbott, who has suffered months of poor approval ratings and internal division, was defeated by 54 votes to 44.
Abbott’s prime ministership has fallen apart because he lost the trust of the electorate, and ultimately the governing Liberal Party. He was never a popular leader among voters despite a landslide election victory in 2013. The former boxer and trainee priest was a renowned political fighter, but he met his match in Malcolm Turnbull.