Liberal replaces embattled Tas politician

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A controversial former Tasmanian politician, who resigned a day after being elected and is facing gun offences in Queensland, will be replaced by another Liberal.

Former MP Felix Ellis will return to the state's lower house after winning a recount in the northwest electorate of Braddon.

The recount was triggered when Adam Brooks, who claimed a seat after the May 1 state election, announced on May 14 he would not take office.

The night prior, Mr Brooks told Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein he had been charged by Queensland police with being in possession of a handgun, unauthorised explosives and false drivers' licences.

Mr Gutwein revealed Mr Brooks was seeking treatment for his mental health and was "not in a good way".

Mr Brooks has yet to enter a plea to the charges but has indicated he intends to fight them.

He is expected to return to court in Queensland on June 10.

The one-time mining minister found himself in hot water during the campaign when he was accused of catfishing two women under the name Terry.

Mr Brooks denied those allegations at the time, with Mr Gutwein indicating he took him at his word.

Mr Ellis was confirmed on Thursday as winning the recount, finishing 749 votes ahead of fellow Liberal Stacey Sheehan.

He has already briefly represented Braddon, after winning a recount last August held following the resignation of Liberal Joan Rylah.

Five MPs are elected in each of Tasmania's five electorates to make up a 25-member lower house.

The Liberals were returned for a historic third term after the state election but didn't secure a majority until May 13 when counting in the tight-run electorate of Clark finished.

The Liberals have 13 seats, Labor nine, the Greens two, while there is one independent.

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