The Latest: Australia's next PM won't call election quickly

Australian Treasurer and new leader of the Liberal Party Scott Morrison, right, and new deputy leader Josh Frydenberg, left, leave a meeting in Canberra, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (AP Photo/Andrew Taylor, Pool)
Australian former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, right, speaks to the media after a party meeting in Canberra, Australia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. Morrison defeated the key challenger Dutton by a vote 45-40.(David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Treasurer of Australia Scott Morrison, center, arrives for a party meeting in Canberra, Australia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Treasurer of Australia Scott Morrison, second from right, is congratulated by Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, second from left, after a party meeting in Canberra, Australia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, left, arrives for a party meeting in Canberra, Australia Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Australian former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, right, arrives for a party meeting in Canberra, Australia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. Morrison defeated the key challenger Dutton by a vote 45-40.(David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, center, arrives for a party meeting in Canberra, Australia Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, center, arrives for a party meeting in Canberra, Australia Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, center, arrives for a party meeting in Canberra, Australia Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Incumbent Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, left, walks with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop after a party meeting in Canberra, Australia Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Incumbent Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, left, walks with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop after a party meeting in Canberra, Australia Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Incumbent Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, left, walks with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop after a party meeting in Canberra, Australia Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Australian former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, right, arrives for a party meeting in Canberra, Australia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. Morrison defeated the key challenger Dutton by a vote 45-40.(David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Treasurer of Australia Scott Morrison, right, walks with Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, left, after a party meeting in Canberra, Australia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, right, arrives for a party meeting in Canberra, Australia Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)

CANBERRA, Australia — The Latest on Australian political leadership change (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Australia's next prime minister, Scott Morrison, says he will not call an election "any time soon."

Morrison was chosen by his party's lawmakers in a leadership ballot Friday and will be sworn in later in the day. Malcolm Turnbull officially handed in his commission as prime minister and has told Morrison he will soon leave Parliament.

His departure could encourage Morrison to call general elections before May when they are due.

Morrison told reporters: "We intend to be governing ... so I don't think anybody should be making any plans for any elections any time soon."

____

3 p.m.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Australia's next prime minister on his new job.

The current Treasurer, Scott Morrison was chosen in a ballot of his party's lawmakers on Friday, and the outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was quitting government now that his replacement had been chosen.

Ardern said shortly after the announcement that she had spoken to Morrison by phone and she looked forward to building a strong relationship with him.

She said Morrison acknowledged his warmth for New Zealand and that her government would keep advocating for New Zealand in the bilateral relationship.

___

2:20 p.m.

Australia's prime minister says he will quit Parliament now the government has picked a replacement.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters: "I'll be leaving the Parliament ... not before too long."

His resignation would cause a by-election that could cost the government its single-seat majority. It could encourage the next Prime Minister Scott Morrison to soon call general elections.

___

1 p.m.

Australia's ruling party has chosen Treasurer Scott Morrison to become the next prime minister.

Morrison will replace Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, who is expected to resign.

Friday's ballot among Liberal Party lawmakers means Australia's sixth change of prime minister in 11 years, prolonging an era of extraordinary political instability.

___

Noon

Members of Australia's conservative Liberal Party are meeting at Parliament House to choose a new prime minister.

Beleaguered Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull demanded the names of his party's lawmakers who wanted him to go before allowing the meeting. It started around midday Friday after the 43 signatures were verified.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is among the favorites and would be Australia's second female prime minister. Other favorites include Treasurer Scott Morrison and the only declared challenger Peter Dutton, a former Cabinet minister.

9:47 a.m.

Australia appears set to get its sixth change of prime minister in 11 years, which would continue an era of extraordinary political instability.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is among the favorites and would be Australia's second female prime minister.

Other favorites include Treasurer Scott Morrison and the only declared challenger Peter Dutton, a former cabinet minister.

Dutton supporter Mathias Cormann says he is confident that the meeting of lawmakers in the conservative Liberal Party will go ahead. A complication had been finding 43 lawmakers to sign a petition demanding a change of leader.

Beleaguered Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull demanded the signatures as proof that most of his government had lost faith in him.

Turnbull won't contest the leadership ballot.

People also read these

Israeli premier calls 1st visit to Australia...

Feb 26, 2017

Benjamin Netanyahu has described his visit to Australia, which is a first for a serving Israeli...

Chinese premier warns Australia against...

Mar 23, 2017

China's premier has warned against protectionism, saying his country planned to close its $50...

Vettel's drought-breaker for Ferrari sets up F1...

Mar 27, 2017

With Sebastian Vettel ascending the top of the podium in his red Ferrari race suit, the new...

Australia pledges support during Afghan...

Apr 3, 2017

Australia has pledged ongoing support to Afghanistan during a visit by the Afghan president, after...

Qantas boss gets pie in face from gay marriage...

May 10, 2017

A man who squashed a lemon meringue pie into Qantas Airways chief executive Alan Joyce's face...

Sign up now!

Three Sixty Press is your general news coverage keeping you up-to-date with the vast news in the world.

Contact us: sales[at]threesixtypress.com