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Australia will have a new deputy prime minister after Barnaby Joyce won a leadership contest on Monday in the government’s junior coalition partner the National party.Joyce was previously Australia’s deputy prime minister from 2016 to 2018 but resigned after an extramarital affair with a former staff member.Joyce, a climate sceptic, has long harboured ambitions of returning the leader of the National party, a position he finally secured when he defeated incumbent Michael McCormack in a vote of the party’s 21 federal lawmakers.

“Barnaby Joyce has been elected leader of the National party at a federal level and will therefore be going through the various situations that he has to go through,” Damian Drum, a whip in the National party, told reporters in Canberra.

McCormack declined to answer questions adding only: “That’s democracy”.

Joyce will need to be sworn in as Australia’s deputy prime minister later, which would then initiate a Cabinet reshuffle. — Reuters