Joyce’s problems began when it transpired he also held citizenship of New Zealand. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via REUTERS
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Australia's High Court ruled Friday that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is ineligible to remain in Parliament, a stunning decision that cost the government its one-seat parliamentary majority and forced a by-election.Turnbull's Liberal Party is the senior party in a coalition with the smaller National Party, which Joyce led.He must now win the support of one of three independent lawmakers to keep his minority government afloat, with two sitting weeks of Parliament left until it recesses for the year. Joyce was one of a group of lawmakers, known as the "Citizenship Seven," whose eligibility to sit in Parliament came into doubt in recent months when it was found they were dual citizens, a status that is barred for politicians under Australia's constitution to prevent split allegiances.Turnbull is under added pressure because he refused to force Joyce to step aside while his case was considered by the High Court.
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