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Malcolm Fraser dies at 84; became Australian leader in constitutional crisis
Malcolm Fraser dies at 84; became Australian leader in constitutional crisis

Malcolm Fraser, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the nation bitterly divided, died Friday. He was 84. "It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning," a statement released by his office said. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement that Australia's 22nd prime minister had "restored economically responsible government while recognizing social change." Fraser became the unelected leader of an unsuspecting nation in 1975 when then Governor-General John Kerr took the unprecedented...

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