Peter Dutton, Former Australian Home Affairs Minister and defeated Liberal Party leadership hopeful, will have another crack at toppling Aussie Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
This comes just two days after Dutton mounted his first leadership challenge, winning 35 votes from the Liberal Party’s caucus, seven short of Turnbull’s 48.
Dutton, who resigned from Cabinet to the backbench, revealed on Twitter on Thursday he would be challenging for the leadership again.
“A few minutes ago I spoke with Malcolm Turnbull to advise him I believed the majority of the party room no longer supported his leadership.
“Accordingly, I asked him to convene a party room meeting at which I would challenge for the leadership of the Parliamentary Liberal Party.”
Not long after his statement, he addressed media in Canberra and repeated the comments but did not take any questions.
Dutton’s new challenge comes after a string of front bench resignations.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Turnbull said he had invited Dutton to remain on the front bench, but he declined.
Turnbull said he does not bear a grudge against Dutton for his leadership challenge.
Soon after, in his own press conference, Dutton refused to rule out another run at the leadership.
“I believe I had the best prospect of leading the Liberal Party to success at the next election.”
This story will be updated as events unfold.