Australia’s deputy prime minister leaves post after harassment claim
Mr Joyce said he would not resign from parliament.
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.
On Monday morning I will step down as the Leader of @The_Nationals and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. I would like to thank everyone for offering their support to me, especially the people of New England.— Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) February 23, 2018
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.