The fate of Australia's embattled Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is likely to be decided within hours as rivals seek enough signatures to force a vote on his leadership today.
Amid a flurry of ministerial resignations yesterday, Mr Turnbull said he would call a special meeting of the governing Liberal Party at noon today only if his main challenger - right-wing populist Mr Peter Dutton - can gather enough signatures on a petition.
As of last night, Mr Dutton appeared to be short of the 43 names needed.
Mr Turnbull has said he would not contest a leadership vote.
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