Julie Bishop Steps Down as Foreign Minister Of Australia

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Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister of Australia, has announced her resignation from her position in the cabinet.

Bishop’s move came as Scott Morrison, the new Prime Minister, named his cabinet after winning a bruising leadership contest last Friday.

Bishop said that she had not yet decided whether to stand at the next general election that is scheduled next year.

She had sought the job of the prime minister after Malcolm Turnbull stood aside, however, she was eliminated during the first round.

Some WhatsApp group chat messages that were leaked to ABC, the Australian television network, reveal that her colleagues in the Liberal Party tactically voted against her to stop a victory for Peter Dutton, a conservative and an ex-minister for home affairs.

The leadership battle also ended her 11-year tenure as the deputy leader of the party.

Bishop is 62 years old and is from Western Australia, She has been a federal politician for around two decades.

She stated: “I will remain on the backbench as a strong voice for Western Australia.”

Last Sunday, Morrison announced that Marise Payne would take the place of Bishop as the foreign minister, while Dutton will get his old job back at the home affairs.

The leadership crisis from last week arose after Turnbull came under pressure from poor polling and what he dubbed as an “insurgency” by conservative MPs.

The Liberal-National coalition government just has a one-seat majority in parliament, and Labor is way ahead in the opinion polls, with an election scheduled to be held at some point before May 2019.

In recent times, not a single leader has been able to succeed in serving a full term as the prime minister of the county, partly since elections come around every three years, two years less than the frequency of the elections in the United Kingdom.