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Australia re-elects deputy leader and bolsters government

AP  |  Canberra 

Australia's tightened its tenuous grip on power with the former deputy prime minister's re-to today, five weeks after he was thrown out for breaching the constitution. Barnaby Joyce won a by-and will return as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's deputy when resumes this coming week. Joyce's victory gives the ruling conservative coalition exactly half the seats in the House of Representatives. Parties need a majority in the House to govern without making deals with independent lawmakers. Another by-in two weeks could return the to the single-seat majority it held in October when the High created a constitutional crisis. Joyce is one of nine lawmakers who lost their jobs for contravening a unique Australian constitutional quirk that demands lawmakers must be solely Australian citizens. He was among five lawmakers the High disqualified from in October.

The rejected the government's argument that Australians unaware that they had inherited another nationality from a parent should be exempt from the constitutional ban. But Joyce was able to stand for re-because he has renounced the citizenship he had inherited from his New Zealand father. Turnbull's weak control of the showed on Thursday when he was forced to announce an inquiry into corruption in the banking industry. He had argued against such an inquiry for almost two years, but lawmakers were threatening to band with opposition lawmakers to force it to happen. The has mostly trailed the center-left opposition in opinion polls since it was re-elected for another three-year term last year.

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First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 16:55 IST