Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged his defeat on Saturday after the Australian federal election, saying the opposition Labor Party would end almost a decade of conservative rule, possibly with the support of pro-environmental independents.
Morrison acted quickly after Saturday’s election, despite millions of votes still to be counted, as the Australian prime minister is due to attend a summit in Tokyo on Tuesday with the leaders of the United States, Japan and India.
“I spoke with opposition leader and future Prime Minister Anthony Albanese tonight. “And I congratulate him on his election victory tonight,” Morrison told supporters.
“I think it’s very important that this country has certainty. “I think it’s very important that this country can move forward,” Morrison said.
“And especially with the possible meetings that are taking place this week, I think it is vital that there is a very clear picture of the government of this country.”
Albanese will be sworn in as prime minister, with his center-left Australian Labor Party winning the election for the first time since 2007.
Accepting the defeat, Morrison said he would step down as leader of Australia’s Liberal Party, which was seeking a fourth term in office.
The capitulation ends in eight years and nine months of Morrison Conservative coalition rule. He became prime minister in 2018, after several changes of leadership.
“Sense of common purpose”
Albanese said he wanted to unite Australians as he made his first comments since Morrison’s statement տարի’s nine years in opposition.
“I want to unite the country,” Albanese told reporters as he left his home late Saturday night to attend a Labor party rally in Sydney.
“I think people want to unite, to look for our common interest, to look at that sense of common goal. I think people are divided enough, what they want is to unite as a nation, I intend to lead it. «
The labor force was focused on inflation, on wages
Labor has pledged more financial aid – a strong social security network as Australia struggles with its highest inflation since 2001 – rising house prices.
The party said it would raise the minimum wage and offered to set up a Pacific defense school to train neighboring armies in response to a possible Chinese military presence on the Solomon Islands off the border with Australia.
It also wants to tackle climate change by a more ambitious 43% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
As Labor focused on slowing inflation and wage growth, Morrison focused the last few hours of his campaign on the country’s lowest unemployment rate in nearly half a century.
In Saturday’s preliminary count, Morrison’s coalition was on track to win 38 seats, Labor 71, while 7 were non-compliant lawmakers, and 23 races were too close to run.
Labor had yet to reach 76 of the 151 lower house seats needed to form a single government. The final results may take some time as the record number of votes sent by mail is completed. More than 48% of Australia’s 17 million voters due to the COVID-19 epidemic voted early or by mail order.
Small parties and independents seemed to be gaining votes from large parties, increasing the likelihood of a minority government.
Partial results showed that Morrison’s Liberal-National Coalition was punished by Western Australian voters, especially in affluent cities.
In at least five wealthy Liberal-dominated areas, the Tale Independents seemed to be gaining ground over voter anger over inaction on climate change after the worst floods and fires in Australia.
Early returns showed that the Greens also came forward, trying to take three places in the state of Queensland.
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