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Tony Abbott Voted Out As Australian Prime Minister

In a sudden leadership vote, Australia's Liberal Party voted Prime Minister Tony Abbott out of office. Malcolm Turnbull will replace him.
Posted at 9:13 AM, Sep 14, 2015

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is now former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. 

Abbott lost his party's leadership vote by 10 votes: 54-44. He will be replaced by his former Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. 

Turnbull challenged Abbott on Monday, criticizing his economic policy.

"Ultimately, the prime minister has not been capable of providing the economic leadership our country needs," Turnbull told the press

In parliaments like Australia's, the leader of the party with the most seats serves as prime minister. (Video via The White House)

Friday would have marked Tony Abbott's two-year anniversary as prime minister. 

This is the 66th change in Australian party leadership in 13 years. 

This video includes images from Getty Images and music from Chris Zabriskie / CC BY 4.0.