Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister withstood a parliamentary vote Thursday that would have called for his firing after revelations of a relationship with a former staffer and a free-residence deal with a wealthy political donor.
But Barnaby Joyce will take leave rather than act as government leader next week, as his Nationals party mulls his future.
The opposition Labor Party had hoped disaffected lawmakers in Joyce's own party would back their motion, but coalition lawmakers in the House of Representatives held firm and defeated it 73 to 70.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has publicly stood by his deputy. But the prime minister announced later Thursday...