Australia's new prime minister announces his Cabinet

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, then Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, left, walks with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop after a party meeting in Canberra, Australia. Bishop said she's quitting following the selection of a new prime minister in an internal party vote. Bishop issued a statement Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, saying she'll remain in Parliament. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP, File)
In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, newly elected leader of the Liberal Party, Scott Morrison addresses media at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra. Australia's new Prime Minister Morrison has announced a peace-making Cabinet that does not punish his rivals in a bruising power struggle that ousted his predecessor days ago and divided a government that lags in opinion polls. Prime Minister Morrison on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, returned rival Peter Dutton to the home affairs ministry. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, right, speaks to the media after a party meeting in Canberra, Australia. Australia's new prime minister has announced a peace-making Cabinet that does not punish his rivals in a bruising power struggle that ousted his predecessor days ago and divided a government that lags in opinion polls. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, returned rival Peter Dutton to the home affairs ministry.(David Gray/Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop holds a joint press conference with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Sydney. Bishop said she's quitting following the selection of a new prime minister in an internal party vote. Bishop issued a statement Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, saying she'll remain in Parliament. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia's new prime minister announced a peace-making Cabinet on Sunday that does not punish his rivals in a bruising power struggle that ousted his predecessor days ago and divided a government that lags in opinion polls.

The fractured conservative coalition government needs to present a united front to voters ahead of elections due by May.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison won a ballot of government lawmakers for the leadership on Friday against rival Peter Dutton.

Morrison had been loyal to his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, whom Dutton had demanded prove he had the support of ruling Liberal Party lawmakers in a ballot. Turnbull resigned.

Morrison, who last week was the treasurer, returned Dutton to the home affairs ministry he had held under Turnbull.

Mathias Cormann, a party power broker who backed Dutton, retained his finance portfolio.

Australia's first female foreign minister, Julie Bishop, announced earlier Sunday that she had quit the Cabinet.

The 62-year-old Bishop had had been deputy leader of the ruling party since 2007 and failed to become prime minister in Friday's leadership ballot.

Opposition lawmaker Penny Wong paid tribute to Bishop for her trailblazing role in foreign affairs.

Bishop will be replaced as foreign minister by Marise Payne, Australia's first female defense minister.

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