Ousted Aussie Leader Blames 'Treachery'

Malcolm Turnbull has been officially sworn in as prime minister
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2015 8:20 AM CDT
Malcolm Turnbull, center, is sworn in as prime minister by Australia's Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, right, in Canberra today.   (Lukas Coch/Pool Photo via AP)
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(Newser) – Australia has a new prime minister, but only due to backstabbing and "treachery," according to the man who's been thrown from the top job. In a final statement that boasted "a fair amount of anger," per the Telegraph, outgoing PM Tony Abbott attacked "a febrile media culture ... that rewards treachery" and suggested MPs in his own party had leaked information. "Poll-driven panic has produced a revolving primeministerial door," he added, though he said he would not undermine new leader Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull, meanwhile, was quite cheerful during his first appearance as prime minister, noting he is "filled with optimism" for the future. (Read more Australia stories.)

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