Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Barnaby Joyce resigned after the scandal around his affair with a former employee Vikki Campion (who held the position of Advisor communication and public relations), who is expecting his child, according to the Australian portal NEWS.com.au.
Joyce said that not only leave the government but will leave the post of the leader of the National party. However, he intends to keep his parliamentary mandate, RIA Novosti reported.
Last week, the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull said he will revise the Ministerial code of conduct and will issue an order prohibiting a sexual relationship between Ministers and their staff. The Prime Minister condemned the behavior of Joyce as a «shocking blunder» and sent him on vacation to the moment when the standards of conduct of senior government officials will be changed.
Turnbull acknowledged that Joyce did not violate the existing rules. However, the opposition demanded the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister, which, in their words, «terribly humiliated» his wife Nathalie, their four daughters and miss Campion.