PM’s con­ser­va­tives win tight elec­tion

Daily Trust - - STRANGE STORIES -

Aus­tralia’s Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull has de­clared vic­tory for his con­ser­va­tive coali­tion in last week’s closely fought gen­eral elec­tion.

His com­ments came af­ter op­po­si­tion Labour Leader Bill Shorten con­ceded de­feat and con­grat­u­lated him.

Votes are still be­ing counted, but the Lib­eral-Na­tional coali­tion is ex­pected to win enough seats to gov­ern.

How­ever, a strong swing against it has left doubts about its agenda and Mr Turn­bull’s lead­er­ship.

The coali­tion still re­mains short of the 76 seats it needs to claim a ma­jor­ity in the lower house, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

At a news con­fer­ence, Mr Turn­bull said: “We have had a suc­cess­ful elec­tion. We have se­cured the largest num­ber of seats in par­lia­ment.”

He ad­mit­ted that the elec­tion was “a tough busi­ness”, but wel­comed Mr Shorten’s calls for “com­mon ground” in par­lia­ment.

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