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    Adam Giles to remain Northern Territory Chief Minister, Westra van Holthe appointed deputy

    Updated about 7 hours agoTue 3 Feb 2015, 10:50pm
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    Video: Adam Giles and Willem Westra van Holthe front the media (ABC News)
    Photo: Willem Westra van Holthe and Adam Giles (ABC News)

    Map: Darwin 0800
    An emergency meeting of Country Liberals parliamentary members has confirmed Adam Giles is still the Northern Territory's Chief Minister, one day after Willem Westra van Holthe claimed to have overthrown him.
    Mr van Holthe was appointed Mr Giles's deputy.
    The announcement capped a frenetic day in Northern Territory politics following Mr van Holthe's revolt on Monday night.
    On Tuesday, Mr Giles refused to resign after losing the party room's support, and there was speculation he could have a no confidence motion passed against him, triggering an early election.
    The Country Liberals party room met on Tuesday afternoon for three hours in an attempt to resolve the leadership question.
    The ABC understands that during the meeting speaker Kezia Puric and front bencher Bess Price threatened to split from the party if Mr Giles did not stay on as Chief Minster.
    We do apologise to Territorians that we've been through this process. We know it's quite painful for a lot of people, seeing a bit of instability has been quite challenging.
    Adam Giles, NT Chief Minister

    "There are challenges," Mr Giles told reporters at a press conference on the steps of Parliament House in Darwin.
    "Let's not beat about the bush."
    "The community will be saying some negative things about what happened in the last 18 hours. We'll deal with that.
    "You deal with it you nip it in the bud you turn up tomorrow morning and you go to work."
    He said Mr Westra van Holthe will keep his current portfolios and John Elferink, who had been named Mr Westra van Holthe's deputy leader on Monday night, would retain his ministerial role.
    Mr Giles said all Country Liberal Party MLAs were happy with the outcome of the meeting but he would not say how the decision had been made.
    "A week is a long time in politics and in the Territory, 18 hours is a long time," he said.
    Having said earlier in the day the NT should have an election within three months to secure the certainty in government, he appeared to backflip, saying there was now "no need" to go to an early election.
    I will not challenge Giles again: Westra van Holthe

    Mr Westra van Holthe said he was "very pleased" to be named the Deputy Chief Minister and said he was "100 per cent" behind the Chief Minister. He ruled out another coup.
    "As of last night there were a large number of unresolved issues that a number of parliamentary wing members had with the Chief Minister," he said.
    Who is Adam Giles?

    Adam Giles was Australia's first Indigenous head of government.

    The 41-year-old father of one is the Member for Braitling.

    He was born in the Blue Mountains region of NSW and studied accounting and real estate.

    He worked in public housing management for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, then moved to Canberra and worked for the Department of the PM.

    In 2004 he stood as the Liberal candidate for the ACT electorate of Fraser.

    He later settled in Alice Springs, and stood as a CLP candidate for Lingiari in 2007.

    He lost, but was elected to the seat of Braitling in the 2008 Territory election.

    He became Transport Minister after the 2012 election.

    He had recently faced concerns about his leadership style, his personal judgement, his communication with the public and his handling of the scandal surrounding former Police Commissioner John McRoberts.

    "This afternoon we've had an opportunity to talk all those things through.
    "You've got to accept that if nine members of parliament show some dissatisfaction with the Chief Minister, there's a certain amount of frustration.
    "It's a shame it got to that point."
    He said for two-and-a-half hours of the three-hour meeting "nothing had changed" and there had been no resolution to the party's divisions.
    But things changed in the last half an hour, Mr Westra van Holthe said.
    "We were able to reach a position where everybody's comfortable with what's going on," he said.
    Earlier on Tuesday Mr Giles said Mr Westra van Holthe did not have the "capacity, capability or the tenacity or the professionalism to be the chief minister".
    He had said "warring factions" had seen the party "completely disintegrate".
    Mr Westra van Holthe had said there had been discontent within the party with Mr Giles' leadership style for some time.
    He accused Mr Giles of having a dictatorial leadership style.
    Who is Willem Westra van Holthe?

    Katherine MLA and former policeman Willem Westra van Holthe failed in his NT leadership coup.

    Following a party room meeting that confirmed his position as Chief Minister, Mr Giles flagged there would be some "minimal" portfolio changes.
    "We'll see how widespread they are," he said.
    "A few little portfolio changes."
    "We do apologise to Territorians that we've been through this process. We know it's quite painful for a lot of people, seeing a bit of instability has been quite challenging.
    "To those businesses who had concern about business stability, of which I fielded quite a number of phone calls today, we can say that, yes, there was a bit of machinations in the last 24 hours.
    "But we have quite quickly got on to resolve those matters quite confidently."
    Mr Giles promised a more inclusive leadership style.
    Asked if he was a "changed man", Mr Giles replied: "We change every day. The sun comes up it's a beautiful day."
    What a show eh.
    Only overshadowed by the show in Canberra.
    Dave R.

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