Australia’s former FM announces retirement from politics

CANBERRA (Xinhua) – Former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced she is quitting politics.

Bishop, who served as Australia’s first female minister for Foreign Affairs under two prime ministers between 2013 and 2018, made the shock announcement that she would not contest May general election yesterday evening.

She was the deputy leader of the Liberal Party between 2007 and 2018, the latter five years of which the party was in government, and ran for leadership of the party after former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was deposed in August 2018.

After she was eliminated in the first round of the leadership ballot she resigned as a minister but said would remain in politics.

However, addressing in Parliament yesterday, she said had reconsidered her future and wanted to pursue a career outside of politics.