Sydney: Scott Morrison was on Friday picked as the seventh prime minister of Australia in 11 years in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability.
The key challenger Peter Dutton, a former Cabinet minister, was defeated by Morrison by a vote 45-40. Incumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was forced by the Dutton's supporters to hold the leadership ballot.
Turnbull did not contest the ballot and has said that he will quit politics. Another Turnbull backer Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was also in the race but was eliminated in the first round of voting.
"My course from here is to provide absolute loyalty to Scott Morrison," Dutton, who Turnbull accused of bullying and intimidation in the move to knife him, said in brief comments afterwards.
Environment and energy minister Josh Frydenberg was selected as deputy Liberal leader.