Australia’s scandal-hit deputy PM Barnaby Joyce to take leave after admitting extramarital affair with pregnant ex-staffer

Australia’s scandal-hit deputy prime minister will take leave next week, it was announced Thursday, avoiding him assuming the role of acting leader while Malcolm Turnbull is in the United States.
Barnaby Joyce has been under immense pressure over an affair with a younger former staffer, who is now pregnant with their child, and allegations that he breached ministerial rules.
The crisis has dominated the front pages and parliament question time for a week, with calls mounting for him to…