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Australian premier coasts past leadership challenge

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser easily survived a challenge to his leadership of the Liberal Party in a vote by Liberal Parliament members, Monitor contributor David Solomon reports.

Mr. Fraser won 54 votes, while his foreign minister, Andrew Peacock, who has been spoiling for a chance to oust Mr. Fraser, with 27 votes.

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After the vote, Mr. Peacock promised support for Fraser, but few believed that there would be no further leadership challenge by him or others.

Whether a a new challenge surfaces could depend on the extent to which Mr. Fraser accommodates the views of Mr. Peacock's supporters, who now represent a third of the Liberals in Parliament.

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