Scott Morrison to become Australia's next prime minister

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Australia's new Prime Minister ScoMo is a 50-year-old footy-loving Sydneysider who steps up from the position of federal treasurer to take on the nation's top job.

The leadership battle was sparked on Tuesday by an unsuccessful challenge by Mr Dutton, who narrowly lost a vote against Mr Turnbull.

The spill motion was carried 45 votes to 40.

He was a late entrant to the leadership contest that shook Australian politics this week, and when outgoing prime minister Malcolm Turnbull turned down Dutton's request for a party room meeting yesterday and delayed it for 24 hours, many believed it was to buy time for Morrison to build his support base.

Dutton's supporters had forced incumbent Turnbull to hold the leadership ballot.

After Malcolm Turnbull replaced Tony Abbott as prime minister he was made Treasurer from September 2015.

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The Liberal-National government has consistently trailed opposition Labor in opinion polls in recent months. Morrison emerged on Thursday as a candidate and quickly won favour with moderates.

Australian media reported that foreign minister Bishop, having been defeated in the leadership ballot, would also likely resign from politics.

Malcolm Turnbull, center, speaks during a press conference with Scott Morrison, left, and Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg at the Parliament House in Canberra on August 20, 2018. Turnbull said that threshold has now been met.

"The truth is that the coalition finds it very hard to get agreement on anything to do with emissions", said Turnbull. Australian shares edged higher on Friday, rebounding after three days of losses that saw the benchmark fall 1.5 percent.

"They would be dumbstruck that a government would be rocked by this disloyalty. deliberate, disruptive action", he said.

"The political turmoil of the past decade has come at the cost of our global competitiveness. the business community needs policy certainty to promote investment and improve business confidence." said Tony Johnson, chief executive officer of Ernest & Young.