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Stuart MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan new deputy premier

Industry Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan has been confirmed as South Australia's new deputy premier.

SA Minister for Energy Dan van Holst Pellekaan was elected as SA's new deputy premier in a meeting of the Liberal party room on Thursday (AAP Image/Kelly Barnes)

Mr van Holst Pellekaan's appointment came at a meeting of Liberal lower house MPs on Thursday. He has been acting in the role since Vickie Chapman stood aside and subsequently resigned from the role earlier this week.

Ms Chapman is facing an ombudsman's inquiry over her handling, as then planning minister, of a proposal to build a deep seaport on Kangaroo Island.

Mr van Holst Pellekaan defeated Environment Minister David Speirs in the deputy leadership ballot.

Premier Steven Marshall said his new deputy had been a conscientious, hardworking and invaluable member of the cabinet.

"He is a valuable colleague and a stoic advocate for our regions and I'm looking forward to working with him closely on delivering the things that matter most to the people of South Australia," Mr Marshall said.
"Dan has led the state out of South Australia's darkest days of blackouts and skyrocketing energy prices to stabilise our electricity system.
"He has also provided strong, decisive leadership for South Australia's vibrant energy and mining sectors."

As well as relinquishing the deputy's role, Ms Chapman also gave up the planning and local government portfolios and stood aside as attorney-general.

She technically remains in the Liberal ministry but has no responsibilities, will not take part in cabinet meetings and will forgo the extra pay ministers usually receive. Her decisions came amid ongoing conflict of interest claims and a no-confidence motion in parliament last week.

The motion came after a parliamentary committee found she had, on at least three occasions, misled the house over a Kangaroo Island development.

Mr Marshall said Ms Chapman continued to have his full support and he looked forward to her return to the cabinet as attorney-general.


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