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Former Editor Michael McCormack Takes Over As Deputy PM of Australia

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| February 26 , 2018 , 13:17 IST

Michael McCormack, a former newspaper editor has been elected as the leader of National Party and will become the new Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

National Party is a junior partner in the coalition Government along with the Liberal Party represented by PM Malcolm Turnbull. The terms of the coalition deal, the leader of the National Party automatically becomes the Deputy Prime Minister.

McCormack replaces Barnaby Joyce who had to resign following a sex-scandal. During the campaign, family values were the focal point of Joyce’s campaign. When news broke out that Joyce had cheated on his wife and was expecting a child with a former staff member, all hell broke loose. Joyce, however, did not resign until a fresh case of sexual harassment was reported.

Joyce had courted controversy on his dual citizenship after being elected the deputy Prime Minister. The High Court had disqualified him from the office of Deputy Prime Minister. Joyce had inherited citizenship of New Zealand as his father was a natural born citizen of the nation. Joyce renounced his New Zealand citizenship and was back in office within a week.

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“I will honour that faith and trust and responsibility by always doing my best,” McCormack told journalists after being elected as the party leader.

Michael McCormack is a Member of Parliament from the Division of Riverina and has been serving as the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, also a former journalist, welcomed McCormack’s appointment. “Delighted to welcome the appointment of @M_McCormackMP as the new leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister.” He tweeted.