AT last Australia has got new Deputy Prime Minister after the resignation of former leader Barnaby Joyce over a love affair with his staff.
Xinhua reported that a Conservative Michale Mc Cormark will replace Joyce as the leader of National Party of Australia and Deputy Prime Minister.
It was reported that Nationals' Members of Parliament (MPs) voted for McCormack as their new leader at a party room meeting after former leader Barnaby Joyce tendered his resignation over his affair with a former staffer and sexual harassment allegations.
Despite deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie urging her colleagues to field only one leadership candidate, controversial MP George Christensen ran against McCormack but was defeated.
Speaking to the media after his election as leader, McCormack described himself as a "team player" who would serve the interests of regional Australia.
"I would like to thank each and every single National party member for the faith they have shown in me and I want people to know that in me we have a fighter."
As part of the Liberal National Party (LNP) Coalition, the leader of the Nationals assumes the office of deputy prime minister when the party is in government.
In a statement, Premier Malcolm Turnbull said he was "delighted" by the appointment.
"The Liberal Party has been in coalition with the Nationals for more than 70 years and our enduring and successful political partnership will continue under Michael's leadership of the National Party."
Despite quitting as party leader, Joyce intends to maintain to serve in parliament as a backbencher.