Victoria’s Deputy Premier Peter Ryan will contest the next state election, ending speculation his political career is winding up.
The Nationals leader says there are still a lot of things to be done by the coalition government, News Corp Australia reports.
“I am up for it. We are up for it.”
Mr Ryan was dubbed the “last man standing” in March following the political fallout from a plan from within his office to dethrone former police chief commissioner Simon Overland.
Former premier Ted Baillieu resigned in the days after the plan was revealed.
Mr Ryan said he was confident the coalition could win the 2014 election.
“We’ve had a good start in the course of the first three years (of the current coalition government), but there are a lot of things left to be done,” Mr Ryan told The Weekly Times.
“There are great opportunities available to us as a state and I’m very keen (to see them through).
“I believe we will (win the election), but it is our case to make.”
Mr Ryan has served as the member for Gippsland South since 1992 and became deputy premier in 2010, when the current government was elected.
Premier Denis Napthine booted Mr Ryan out of the police portfolio and made him state development minister in March after he took over the top job from Mr Baillieu.
Mr Ryan repeatedly said he was unaware of the campaign to undermine Mr Overland despite it involving his adviser, Tristan Weston.
Mr Overland quit in June 2011.