Former Australian premier Abbott to recontest parliament seat

Australia's ex-prime minister Tony Abbott will recontest his parliamentary seat in the next federal election, local media reported Monday.

The news ends speculation that Abbott might end his 22-year career in politics following his ouster as premier last year, but his decision was expected within the Liberal Party, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Abbott, who lost his leadership post in September to Malcolm Turnbull, made the announcement in a brief statement late Sunday.

"I have been heartened by the support and encouragement I've received to continue to serve the country as a member of parliament," he said.

"It has been a great honour to serve the people of Warringah for 22 years and I hope to retain their trust and confidence."

Abbott has represented the northern Sydney suburb since he entered politics in a 1994 by-election there.

The elections for Australia's next parliament are to be held by 14 January 2017 at the latest.

Last update: Mon, 25/01/2016 - 09:55

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