Incoming Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is sworn in at Government House, Canberra, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (AP Photo/Andrew Taylor)

Australian PM starts work as anger over party vote simmers

August 25, 2018 - 12:50 am

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's new leader Scott Morrison has spoken with President Donald Trump, organized his Cabinet and met drought-affected farmers as the backlash continues over another prime minister selected by an internal party vote.

A day after replacing Malcolm Turnbull following a ballot among parliamentarians from the ruling Liberal Party, Morrison had what he called a "great" phone conversation with Trump.

Trump had earlier tweeted his congratulations to Morrison, saying there were no greater friends than Australia and the U.S.

Social media in Australia are still abuzz with disquiet over the leadership change, with many calling on Morrison to call an early election to let the public choose their leader.

It's the fourth time since 2010 Australia's prime minister has been changed by an internal party vote.