Julie Bishop resigns as Aussie Foreign Minister

Julie Bishop.

Julie Bishop.   | Photo Credit: AP

Move comes amid a ministerial shake-up

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop resigned from new Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Cabinet on Sunday, two days after a bruising leadership battle that toppled former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and led to a major ministerial shake-up.

Ms. Bishop announced she would move to the backbench and had not yet decided whether to contest the next election, which is due by May 2019. That decision could have serious implications for Mr. Morrison’s government, which has a parliamentary majority of only one seat.

She had been Foreign Minister since 2013 and was replaced by former Defence Minister Marise Payne in the new Cabinet. Mr. Morrison replaced Mr. Turnbull last week in a party-room vote after a week of political chaos in Canberra.

“I will remain on the backbench as a strong voice for Western Australia,” said Ms. Bishop in a statement soon after she arrived back in her home State.

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