Australian PM reshuffles cabinet for second time

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull announces cabinet reshuffle after departure of five ministers

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the second major reshuffle of his cabinet before this year’s expected general election.  

The cabinet reshuffle began after the departure of five ministers in five months.

Two senior ministers retired and three others left after they were involved in separate political scandals.

During a news conference in Sydney Turnbull said that his new team "combines youth, new talent, experience, continuity, and a real sense of innovation and enterprise."

"Change offers opportunity...there comes a time when you need to transition from older leadership to newer leadership. Turnover, change, is good... a revitalised government and it is revitalised because of new blood coming in," he added.

Turnbull replaced former Liberal leader Tony Abbott after a leadership coup last September. Since then, he has been under pressure to unite his divided government.

The prime minister has appointed eight new ministers, including a woman, which brought the number of women in his cabinet from five to six on Saturday.

He has also appointed five new junior ministers and five assistant ministers.

TRTWorld and agencies