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#36 Former Australian PM resigns from parliament, government loses majority

© REUTERS/David Gray
Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pauses during a news conference in Canberra

Australia's former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday resigned from parliament, a source familiar with the matter said, stripping the government of its one-seat parliamentary majority.

Turnbull last week said he would resign from parliament after he was ousted from office in a bitter party-room contest which ushered in the country's sixth leader in the last decade.

"The speaker of the house of parliament received a resignation letter from Malcolm Turnbull this afternoon," said a source familiar with the matter. The source declined to be named as she is not authorized to talk to the media.

Until a by-election can be contested, Australia's new Prime Minister Scott Morrison is left relying on the support of independent lawmakers to pass legislation, inhibiting the government's agenda just eight months out from an election.

Besides no longer having a majority in the lower house of parliament, the government does not control the upper house Senate.

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