Australia's parliament has voted no confidence in former Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

86 MPs voted in favor of the no-confidence vote and 50 against.

During the corona pandemic, Morrison secretly took on five other ministerial posts in addition to his position as head of government, without informing the public or his cabinet.

Since the news broke in August, there have been repeated calls for Morrison to be publicly apologized and for his withdrawal from Parliament.

The Australian broadcaster ABC reported that the vote of no confidence was only "a symbolic act" that had no legal consequences.

The newspaper "Sydney Morning Herald" nevertheless described the vote as "historic": Morrison was the first former prime minister who was voted no confidence by Parliament, it said.

Morrison had again rejected an apology in the previous debate.

He will not apologize for taking action to save people and their livelihoods during a national crisis, Morrison said.

From March 2020 to May 2021, Morrison had taken control of health, finance and home affairs, among other things, while Australia's borders were closed and the country was sealed off from the rest of the world.

He informed only a few confidants about the step.

The assumption of additional offices were approved in writing by the governor general.

Almost all of the actual ministers did not know that they effectively shared their post with Morrison.

Morrison's successor, Anthony Albanese, who has been in office since May, accused him on Wednesday of "pride, arrogance and denial" and stressed that he expects at least some "semblance of remorse" from his predecessor.

Shortly after the scandal became known, Albanese described the procedure as an "unprecedented destruction of democracy".

A former Supreme Court judge was then asked to investigate the case and provide a detailed report.

She concluded a few days ago that Morrison's actions had "undermined confidence in the government" and recommended closing loopholes in legislation.