Thursday 12 December 2019

Australia's deputy prime minister resigns after sexual harassment claims

Barnaby Joyce resigned on Friday (Rob Griffith/AP)
Barnaby Joyce resigned on Friday (Rob Griffith/AP)

Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister has resigned from the cabinet over allegations that he sexually harassed a woman.

Barnaby Joyce said that while he will exit the Cabinet, he will not resign from Parliament, a move which ensures that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's single-seat majority in the House of Representatives is maintained.

The woman who accused Joyce has not been identified.

The allegation adds to scrutiny Mr Joyce has faced since news broke earlier this month that he and his former media secretary are expecting a baby in April.

Joyce says his Nationals party, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, will pick a new leader on Monday.

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