Australian PM Tony Abbott survives leadership challenge
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Australian PM Tony Abbott survives leadership challenge

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister has survived an internal government challenge to his leadership.

Chief whip Philip Ruddock says a meeting of lawmakers in the ruling conservative Liberal Party voted on Monday to reject a motion that called for a ballot for the party leadership and deputy 61 votes to 39.

The challenge was initiated by disgruntled lawmakers halfway through Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s first 3-year-term in office.