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Adam Giles remains NT chief minister

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Embattled Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles has retained leadership of the Country Liberals government, with challenger Willem Westra van Holthe his deputy.

The result came after a three-and-a-half hour wing meeting of the 14 CLP members of parliament.

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Mr Westra van Holthe said Mr Giles had “110 per cent” of his support, and that he was very pleased to be deputy.

“Leadership issues are no longer part of the discussion,” he said.

“Sometimes it can take a crisis to get everyone to really open up and throw things on the table.”

He said he could rule out staging another coup to get the chief minister’s attention in future.

“We’re sensible adults, we can sit around a table and talk things through, and if the truth be known, maybe some of these issues should have been canvassed before.”

Mr Giles said politicians were not perfect, and that Tuesday had been a learning experience.

But he said he had full trust in his cabinet and that he could govern without fear of another attempted ousting.


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