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Michael McCormack was elected as the new deputy prime minister of Australia after being chosen as the leader of the country’s junior partner in the coalition government, the National Party.
McCormack takes the place of Barnaby Joyce, the former deputy prime minister, who was forced to resign last week following public anger regarding an extramarital affair with his former press secretary with whom he is currently expecting a child.
Automatically, the leader of the National Party becomes the deputy prime minister under the terms of the coalition agreement with the Liberal party of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
McCormack informed the reporters in Canberra: “I will honour the faith and trust and responsibility by always doing my best.”
The appointment of McCormack will help ease the pressure on the government that was left stumbling after the revelations of the affair of Joyce, a scandal that warned to negatively affect the government.
Turnbull called the affair of Joyce a “shocking error of judgment,” to which Joyce answered by calling the former “inept.”
Even though offering some respite to Turnbull, McCormack is not widely known around the country, weakening the re-election prospects of the government.
Turnbull needs to head back to the polls by May 2019.