Australian deputy PM Joyce quits over claims of affair with ex-aide

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Australian deputy PM Barnaby Joyce says he is quitting amid claims of sexual harassment over an affair with a former aide.

Joyce, whose National Party rules alongside the Liberals of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, announced he would officially step down on Monday.

He told reporters: “I will say on Monday morning at the party room (meeting), I will step down as the leader of the National Party and deputy leader of Australia.”

His decision to call a news conference came after a new allegation of sexual harassment was made by an unidentified individual.

National Party federal director Ben Hindmarsh had the party had received the sexual harassment allegation but declined to give any details.

Mr Joyce, a Catholic who campaigned on “family values”, initially refused to resign when it was made public he was expecting a child with his former press secretary.

As pressure on his position grew, he did press interviews in which he blamed public life for the breakdown of his marriage.

The scandal fractured the ruling conservative government, with Mr Joyce publicly criticising the Prime Minister for “causing further harm” through comments about his affair.

It left the government, which has only a one-seat majority, damaged and trailing the main opposition Labor Party in the polls.

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