NSW Premier battle: Catholic father-of-six treasurer set to replace Gladys Berejiklian

, NSW Premier battle: Catholic father-of-six treasurer set to replace Gladys Berejiklian, Nzuchi Times National News

Dominic Perrottet is set to be NSW Premier after a key ally switched sides when an endorsement by ex-PM John Howard gave the Treasurer an unbeatable edge.

A formal handover of power could be announced as soon as Sunday evening. 

The right-wing Treasurer had already secured the support of many Liberal moderates by selecting environment minister Matt Kean, 40, as his running mate.

But now the party’s centre-right have also swung behind him after Mr Howard’s seal of approval. 

Planning minister Rob Stokes was the only other contender to put their hand up for the Premier’s job, but he was relying on numbers from the centre-right.

, NSW Premier battle: Catholic father-of-six treasurer set to replace Gladys Berejiklian, Nzuchi Times National News

, NSW Premier battle: Catholic father-of-six treasurer set to replace Gladys Berejiklian, Nzuchi Times National News

, NSW Premier battle: Catholic father-of-six treasurer set to replace Gladys Berejiklian, Nzuchi Times National News

Dominic Perrottet (pictured) is set to be NSW Premier after a key ally switched sides when an endorsement by ex-PM John Howard gave the current Treasurer an unbeatable edge

However that faction, led by police minister David Elliot, is now said to have switched allegiances after the nod from Mr Howard, effectIvely gifting power to Mr Perrottet.

With additional support from Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres, 40, Mr Perrottet’s lead is now looking insurmountable and may not even go to a vote in the party room on Tuesday.

Mr Ayres will be Mr Perrottet’s deputy leader, while Mr Kean will be Treasurer.   

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