Australian Labor Party wins parliamentary elections | News
Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese said on Saturday he wanted to unite Australians in his first comments after leading his political organization to an election victory after nine years in opposition.
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“I want to unite the country,” Albanese told reporters as he left his home on Saturday night to attend a Labor Party celebration in Sydney.
“I think people want to come together, look for common interest, look towards that sense of common purpose. I think people have had enough division, what they want is to come together as a nation and I intend to lead that.”
Earlier, Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had called Albanese to admit defeat in Saturday’s election and to congratulate Albanese on his victory.
The result marks the end of the coalition’s nine-year tenure in power and Morrison’s term as prime minister.
The projections of the Australian Electoral Commission grant 72 seats to Labor – close to the 76 that grant an absolute majority -, compared to about 54 of the Liberal-National coalition, which has governed Australia since 2013, four under Morrison’s mandate.
With 83 percent of the votes counted, a center political formation and another from the extreme right obtain one seat each, while the next House of Representatives, with 151 seats, would have 10 independent deputies, according to this official provisional calculation .
More than eight million Australians were called to go to more than 7,000 ballot boxes spread across the country, according to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), and a record number of voters have already cast their votes before the day of the elections.
Voting opened at 00:80 local time on Saturday (2200 GMT on Friday) and remained open until 18:00 when the counting of ballots began.