Western Australia Minister Tony Simpson Resigns From Cabinet

Western Australia state minister Tony Simpson resigned from Cabinet, reportedly claiming to have lost confidence in his leader.

The minister’s resignation was confirmed in a statement from Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett.

Simpson, the minister for local government, informed Barnett he would resign immediately because he no longer had confidence in the “direction and leadership being offered by the premier,” the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported on its website.

“I understand he wants to focus on winning his seat at the next election and I wish him well,” Barnett said in the statement. “While I am sorry to see Tony leave Cabinet, it now presents an opportunity for someone else to become a Minister.”

Barnett may face a leadership challenge within days, Fairfax Media reported Aug. 1, after Treasurer Mike Nahan accused party powerbrokers of plotting his demise.

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