Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has lost her bid for the presidency of an international democracy group, with a string of recent political scandals contributing to the defeat.

Mrs Bishop was in the running to lead the Inter-Parliamentary Union, an organisation of parliaments that promotes democracy.

She came second to Bangladesh's Saber Chowdhury in the second and final round of voting at the IPU's assembly in Geneva. There were also candidates from Indonesia and the Maldives – meaning Australia was competing against a trio of Muslim states.

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