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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Lawmakers from Australia’s ruling Liberal Party were pressing for second leadership vote as early as Wednesday, a day after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull narrowly survived a challenge from former home minister Peter Dutton, The Australian daily reported.

The newspaper said in its online edition that Dutton’s supporters were circulating a petition to call for a second leadership contest. Dutton would need a majority among Liberal Party lawmakers to bring about a vote. If successful, Dutton is likely to have sufficient support to oust Turnbull.

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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