Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce expected to resign

Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce expected to resign

22 de febrero de 2018, 12:50Canberra, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has resigned today to the presidency of the National Party, which is part of the ruling coalition, when it was made public he was expecting a child with his former staffer.

"Andrew Broad has expressed these sentiments before", Mr Joyce said.

Mr Broad or another MP could move a motion calling for a leadership spill or a motion calling on Mr Joyce to step down.

Backbencher MP Andrew Broad yesterday called for Joyce to stand down, sparking talk of an explosive leadership challenge on Monday.

Barnaby Joyce faces a showdown on Monday.

Labor says the findings of a Nationals investigation into a sexual harassment complaint against Barnaby Joyce should be made public.

National Party Leader Barnaby Joyce leaving a Nationals Party NSW branch general meeting in Armidale on Wednesday evening.

Federal director Ben Hindmarsh said the complaint would be taken seriously, treated with strict confidentiality and given due process.

When contacted for comment yesterday, Mr O'Dowd said the National Party "meets each and every Monday in the party room during sitting weeks".

Australia's acting Prime Minister Mathias Cormann has described an allegation of sexual harassment levelled at Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce as "very serious", saying the formal complaint needs to be investigated. "The National Party has received a formal complaint in relation to certain matters".

Mr O'Dowd openly praised the leadership skills of Veterans' Affairs Minister and potential challenger Michael McCormack on the weekend, telling The Observer Mr McCormack was "very statesmanlike" and "would make a good leader in his own right".

"Mr Joyce's actions have caused pain for his family but it is the ongoing damage he is causing The Nationals organisation that is of greatest concern to me as WA Leader", Ms Davies said.

"My parliamentary colleagues and I have urged Mr Joyce to consider his position as leader in the best interests of the federal party and state branches".

Senator Cormann, who is filling in with Malcolm Turnbull in the U.S. and Mr Joyce on leave, said any allegation of sexual harassment was very serious.

"It is the view of the Parliamentary National Party of Western Australia that Mr Joyce's position as a Federal Leader is no longer tenable".

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