Australian PM Abbott survives leadership challenge


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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged an end to dis-unity after surviving a party confidence vote on his leadership.

 

Liberal Party MPs voted by 61 to 39 not to open up his position to challengers.

 

The leadership test, initiated by a back-bencher on Friday, came after a series of policy mis-steps by Abbott that saw his popularity tumble.

 

But the prime minister said the issue had now been settled.

 

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull had been seen as a likely leadership challenger if the vote passed, but in the end the party rallied round the prime minister.

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