October 27, 2017 / 3:44 AM / a year ago

Australian deputy PM says he respects court decision that ruled him ineligible for parliament

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Friday he respected a High Court verdict that ruled he was ineligible to sit in parliament because he held dual citizenship, a decision that cost the government it’s one-seat majority.

“I respect the verdict of the court,” Joyce told reporters in the rural New South Wales town of Tamworth. “It’s a pretty simple story, we’re off to a by-election.”

Reporting by Byron Kaye; Editing by Paul Tait

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