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Australia’s deputy PM loses support of state branch…

SYDNEY, Feb 20 (Reuters) – A state branch of the Australian National Party has pulled its support for Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce because of reports about an extramarital affair with his former press secretary, the party’s Western Australia leader said on Tuesday.

Joyce, the National Party’s federal leader, has refused to resign since media said this month that he was expecting a child with his former staff member. He has maintained he has the support of his party.

“Mr Joyce’s actions have caused pain for his family but it is the ongoing damage Mr Joyce is causing the Nationals’ organisation that is of greatest concern to me,” Western Australia leader Mia Davies said in a statement. (Reporting by Byron Kaye Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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