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Senator Fatima Payman Resigns from Labor Party Over Palestinian Statehood Vote

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Senator Fatima Payman has resigned from Australia's ruling Labor Party after voting in favor of a motion on Palestinian statehood, against the party's stance. Facing "indefinite suspension" from the party's caucus and potential penalties for her dissent, the 29-year-old emphasized her unwillingness to compromise on the issue.Prime Minister Anthony Albanese noted that Payman

thanked him for his leadership and denied any intimidation leading to her resignation. Payman will now serve as an independent senator.Payman, Australia's first hijab-wearing federal politician, explained her decision during a press conference: "Unlike my colleagues, I know how it feels to be on the receiving end of injustice. My family did not

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a war-torn country to come here as refugees for me to remain silent when I see atrocities inflicted on innocent people."The Gaza conflict remains a sensitive political issue in Australia. Although the government supports a two-state solution, it did not back the statehood motion without a peace process condition. Since voting with the

Greens party, Payman reported receiving significant support from some colleagues, pressure from others, and "death threats" from the public.Prime Minister Albanese stated that Payman could rejoin the caucus if she was willing to be a "team player." However, Payman said she felt "exiled" by Labor, having been removed from meetings, group chats, and committees

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