Australian Prime Minister Won't Risk Job With Ballot

February 3, 2015 1:12 AM

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Australia's beleaguered prime minister has ruled out throwing his job open to challengers with a leadership ballot to demonstrate his control over his government, warning his colleagues that voters crave stability.

Lawmakers within the ruling Liberal Party are pressuring Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the party's former leader, and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Abbott's deputy, to challenge Abbott for the leadership in a ballot of Liberal lawmakers.

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