One of Australia's most militant politicians, Barnaby Joyce, will resign as deputy prime minister and leader of the National Party, the junior partner of the center-right government.
The catalyst for his resignation was the father. an extramarital relationship of four with a former media advisor, who is pregnant with her son.
While Joyce, 50, is moving away from two high-profile leadership positions, he intends to continue as a federal deputy representing the New England headquarters in New South Wales.
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Once an enthusiastic rugby player, the PM MP who left, known for his characteristic rabbit fur hat, Akubra, has always enjoyed the competition. During his days as a player, he suffered a distended spleen, fractured ribs and had his face patched with 28 stitches.
Its roots are firmly planted in the Australian rainforest; he was an agricultural worker, studied accounting at a regional university in the late 1980s, and became a rural banker before running his own business in Queensland.
"It exuded an air of authenticity that the well-polished politicians in Canberra, as indeed our prime minister did not have," explained Dr. Vincent O & # 39; Donnell, media and communications expert at RMIT University in Melbourne. .  "[That] attracts people from rural and regional areas who do not really trust Canberra with the title that maybe some people in the city do."
Mr. Joyce is from a large family of farmers who lived on a cattle property near the village of Woolbrook in their current seat.
He was elected to the Senate on behalf of Queensland in 2004, and nearly a decade of service followed before he resigned in 2013.
Ambitious and a fierce defender of the country people, he was determined to enter the most prominent stage of Australian politics, the House of Representatives, and won in New England in 2013 and again in 2016.
His resignation Leadership positions are not the only recent shake up in his political career.
Last year, Mr. Joyce was caught in Canberra's dual nationality saga, and was expelled from parliament after it was revealed that he had violated the constitution by not giving up his New Zealand citizenship, which he had inherited through his father's.
Such was his popularity, Mr. Joyce was returned in a victory by electoral election last December.
He has held various ministerial portfolios, including agriculture, infrastructure, transportation and resources, and northern Australia. But it was a dispute with a Hollywood star that led to the former accountant in the light of international media.
In 2015, American actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were illegally smuggled from their dogs, Pistol and Boo, to Australia. Mr. Joyce famously threatened to leave the fugitive dogs knocked down.
"It does not matter if Johnny Depp has been awarded twice with the sexiest man, it's time for Boo and Pistol to go home … or we're going to have to sacrifice them," he said.
Depp Answered, telling American television that Mr. Joyce seemed "inbred with a tomato." The politician seemed to thrive in verbal combat.
One of Canberra's most losing politicians, Mr. Joyce has often made headlines. His popularity gave him political power. He cultivated a profile like a bush champion. What can go wrong?
But as the scandal that arose from his adventure began to intensify, he seemed increasingly condemned.
Enraged by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's sharp criticism of his "shocking trial error," Mr. Joyce only deepened. Ultimately, he could not stand the pressure that seemed to increase daily.
The saga has raised questions about the unity of the coalition led by Turnbull, who is the leader of the Liberal Party.
Professor Rodney Smith, of the government department of the University of Sydney, said Friday's resignation was "likely to weaken the National Party, but will also make the National Party deputies resent a little for the fact that the prime minister openly manifested and criticized Joyce and asked him to consider his position. "
So will the man in the wide-brimmed hat see his political trip as a supportive parliamentarian? Maybe not.
"I would not rule out a reappearance, especially if on the road, for example, after the next elections, the National Party does not do so well or the coalition comes into opposition, then he is an obvious candidate for a return", Professor Smith told the BBC
"Your days have not necessarily ended."