Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Thomas Gerard Joyce resign from deputy prime minister. He has been the leader of the National Party and the of Australia since 2016
Barnaby Joyce says he will resign as Australia’s deputy prime minister following a politically damaging saga that began with his affair with a former staffer.
On Monday morning I will step down as the Leader of @The_Nationals and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. I would like to thank everyone for offering their support to me, especially the people of New England.
— Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) February 23, 2018
He said “I will continue to fight for the people in the weatherboard and iron, for the people on the peripheral and the small regional towns.
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Mr Joyce said he would step down on Monday as leader of the Nationals, the junior government partner. He had previously resisted calls to quit amid intense scrutiny over his ministerial conduct.
The scandal has dominated Australian headlines for more than two weeks. He described his decision on Friday as a “circuit-breaker” for his family and a new partner.