Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been removed from parliament for being a New Zealander.
Joyce was one of several lawmakers ruled ineligible Friday by the High Court in Canberra, but the only one from the lower house.
His removal sparks a by-election and puts Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s one-seat parliamentary majority at risk.
The Australian constitution bars citizens of foreign countries from serving in parliament.
“It’s a pretty simple story, we’re off to a by-election (and) I put myself forward to the people of New England as a candidate,” Joyce told reporters in his constituency, a rural part of eastern Australia, north of Sydney.
“I had no reason to believe I was a citizen of any other country but Australia.
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1. Can the removal be as a result of political influence?
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