Scott Morrison selected as Australia's new prime minister

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey. Image Getty

It is expected that Scott Morrison, 50, who assumed the leadership yesterday after a fierce party battle, will bring an end to the Tony Abbott-Malcolm Turnbull era by refusing to give Mr Abbott a senior role.

During a three-way vote, whoever comes last in the first round will be eliminated with a second round taking place to decide who becomes leader.

The leadership crisis began on Tuesday following a backlash in the ruling Liberal Party over Turnbull's climate change policy, which would have legislated the Paris Agreement goals.

"Australians will be just ... dumbstruck and so appalled by the conduct of the last week", Turnbull said with considerable understatement on events that paralyzed the government during a polarizing factional power struggle.

The new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends a swearing-in ceremony as his wife Jenny looks on, in Canberra, Australia August 24, 2018.

"I think it is a fresh start", he told reporters in Sydney on Saturday.

Turnbull, 63, was replaced by the country's treasurer, Scott Morrison, a former tourism industry lobbyist behind Australia's tough refugee policy that confined thousands of men, women and children to government-run centers in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific island nation of Nauru for years.

Scott Morrison is keen to assure allies a week of turmoil in Australian politics poses no threat to worldwide relationships.

"PM Morrison is the most market-friendly option", said Annette Beacher, Chief Asia-Pac Macro Strategist at TD Securities in Singapore.

His departure from politics will spark a by-election for his Sydney seat, threatening the government's wafer-thin one-seat parliamentary majority. He also described Duttons actions as "madness" and "a determined insurgency".

"Peter Dutton made it clear in April that he wanted to be prime minister", replied Bishop.

The disarray has stoked a political realignment in Australia, with a hodgepodge of independents and smaller parties, like the anti-immigration One Nation, stepping into the void to mop up disaffected voters.

"For me, I only ever nominated because I believed I was a better person and a person of greater strength and integrity to lead the Liberal Party", Dutton told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

"We affirmed the strength of the relationship between the U.S. and Australia".

"I am looking forward to working with Mr Morrison to advance that".

In his first statement after being elected Liberal leader three years ago, Turnbull urged Australians to embrace disruption.

A short stint in the social services portfolio followed, before he took over the treasury when Turnbull became leader in September 2015.

The Liberal-National government has consistently trailed the opposition Labor party in opinion polls.

Previous year the deeply Christian Morrison attracted more controversy for opposing a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, even though it had strong support from his party.

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