Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Quits

Sydney, Julie Bishop resigned as Australia's foreign minister on Sunday after failing to win the leadership of the Liberal party two days ago, but said she would stay on as a backbench lawmaker, as dpa reported.

"Today I advised the prime minister that I will be resigning from my cabinet position as minister for foreign affairs," she said in a statement. "I will remain on the backbench as a strong voice for Western Australia." She said she had made no decision about whether to stand in the next federal election, which is scheduled to be held by May.

Source: Saudi Press Agency