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MALCOLM Turnbull will be the next Australian prime minister, after beating Tony Abbott for the Liberal leadership.
The former communications minister won the partyroom ballot 54-44.
There was a second vote for deputy leader, which Foreign Minister Julie Bishop won over Kevin Andrews, 70-30.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
After remaining coy about his leadership ambitions for the best part of the year, Mr Turnbull announced that he would challenge Mr Abbott in Canberra this afternoon.
Mr Turnbull has savaged Mr Abbott’s leadership style, saying “we need advocacy, not slogans”.
He said Mr Abbott was not “capable” of the “economic leadership” needed to run the country.
Perhaps the most convincing point Mr Turnbull made was that the Coalition had lost the past 30 Newspolls in a row.
“Ultimately, the Prime Minister has not been capable of providing the economic leadership … he has not been capable of providing the economic confidence that business needs,” he said this afternoon.