Northern Territory leader dumped in late-night coup

Outgoing Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles
Outgoing Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles

ADAM Giles has been dumped as the Northern Territory's chief minister after a late-night leadership spill.

Primary Industries Minister and Member for Katherine Willem Westra van Holthe, 52, held a brief press conference at 1:00am to announce he had seized control.

The successful coup came after a phone hook-up late on Monday, the same day several of Mr Giles's Country Liberals colleagues pledged their support for him as leader.

The ABC understands the vote was split nine votes to five.

The coup came after reports on Monday that Mr Giles narrowly avoided a leadership challenge last week amid ongoing concerns about his leadership style.

Read more at ABC News


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