After weeks of pressure over his extra-marital affair with his former media secretary, Barnaby Joyce says he will quit his post on Monday.
Barnaby Joyce who has campaigned on "family values" and who has been married for 24 years, is facing calls from within his own party to step down following an extramarital affair.
Australia's governing coalition is in crisis after the deputy PM refused to quit in the wake of a sex scandal, deciding instead to go on the offensive against the prime minister for his handling of the affair.
Deputy Australian Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, a Catholic who campaigned on "family values" and married for 24 years, is expecting a child with his former staffer in April.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s party claims victory in Sydney by-election, sparked by citizenship crisis.
Australia’s Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce will return to parliament after he lost his seat over a dual citizenship crisis last month. His win will bring relief to the government which lost its slim parliamentary majority over the crisis.
Malcolm Turnbull's government in disarray since the High Court ruled that five law makers were ineligible to be members of parliament because they held dual citizenship.
Turnbull says the deputy position will remain vacant until by-election which will be held in Barnaby Joyce's seat on December 2. Bishop would be acting prime minister when Turnbull travels to Israel on Monday, three days behind schedule.
Under the Australian constitution, dual nationals are not allowed to be elected into the parliament.
With a one-seat majority in parliament, the future of Australia’s centre-right government could rest on the outcome of the case. Among the seven lawmakers under scrutiny is Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
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