Former Australian ambassador to Israel David Sharma has been shortlisted by the Liberal Party to challenge the Wentworth by-election.
Sharma beat seven other candidates in Thursday night's vote, including the former mayor of Woollahra, Katherine O & # 39; Regan, backed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted his support for David Sharma in the by-election for his vacant seat and reportedly called the New York candidate for a talk after faction leaders whispered to him that he would step down.
Sharma will now face a tough election battle on October 20, and the first polls indicate a big swing against the liberals, who have never lost Wentworth.
Former Australian ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma (pictured) is Malcolm Turnbull's preferred candidate to run for the Liberals in next month's Wentworth by-election
Dozens of party faithful entered the Eastern Suburbs of the Rugby Union Club in Rose Bay to decide who will compete in the seat, and only appear seven hours later.
Originally, Miss O & # 39; Regan received a tip to obtain the support of the Liberal Party after the leader Andrew Bragg withdrew from the contest under the increasing pressure of Canberra.
Bragg left the race on Monday, after polls suggested a woman had a better chance of winning the by-election, and also indicated that the seat could be lost to an independent strongman.
The liberal preselection for Wentworth began at 5 p.m. at the Easts Rugby Club of Woolahra, and Sharma's candidacy was announced after 1:30 a.m.
The new prime minister, Scott Morrison (pictured), let his predecessor know who is now in charge on Thursday morning
The pre-selection announcement added to an already embarrassing night for the new prime minister after an offer for the youth vote left him with a red face early in the afternoon.
The 30th Prime Minister of Australia published a video of the question time edited together with the song & # 39; Be Faithful & # 39; American rapper Fatman Scoop entitled: "QT was on fire today. Good job team.
The tweet was attacked online by the inappropriate lyrics of the song ("Who is fucking tonight?"), The allusion to the wealth of members of the liberal party (if you have a hundred dollar bill raised your hands) and the possible illegality of using parliamentary filming as promotional content.
After less than three hours online on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, Scott Morrison removed the post and apologized for using a song whose lyrical content was not "right".
It was the second battle that Malcolm Turnbull (pictured with his granddaughter Alice) chose with Scott Morrison in the last 24 hours
Prior to the prescreening decision, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had been accused of trying to destroy the party that dismissed him as leader.
Andrew Bolt has attacked the former leader of the Liberal Party after having tweeted the new prime minister, Scott Morrison, recommending that he refer Interior Minister Peter Dutton to the Supreme Court for his parliamentary eligibility.
"He's trying desperately to burn the party," Bolt told viewers about his Sky News program on Thursday night.
"What I have done to Scott Morrison and other colleagues is that, given the uncertainty about the eligibility of Peter Dutton, recognized by the Attorney General, he should be referred to the High Court, as was Barnaby, to clarify the matter," Mr. Turnbull tweeted on Wednesday night.
Mr. Morrison returned the blow to his bitter predecessor on Thursday morning.
"Someone told me once in this work, all contributions should be received with gratitude, they are," he told reporters in Queanbeyan, just outside of Canberra.
"But as prime minister, I will obviously make the decisions in relation to our government in what I think is of national interest and based on the latest and most timely information that I have at my disposal.
"Obviously I have a lot of respect for the former prime minister, but now, as prime minister, I will make the decisions that I think are the best for the nation."
Malcolm Turnbull (right), photographed with his wife Lucy is currently on vacation in New York