Australian prime minister to name more conservative cabinet

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Australia's prime minister says he will name a more rightwing cabinet next week after his weakened coalition government scraped through one of the nation's closest ever elections.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's center-right Liberal Party lost at least 14 lawmakers in knife-edge polls on July 2, including some of Turnbull's key moderate supporters. The junior coalition partner, The Nationals, gained a lawmaker.

Turnbull said Wednesday that the Nationals' larger representation in his government entitled the more conservative, rural-based coalition partner to two additional seats in his cabinet.

The Nationals' increased influence has reduced expectations that Turnbull will pursue a more progressive agenda during the government's second three-year term.

The cabinet will be announced shortly after government lawmakers meet Monday for the first time since the election.