Australia's Conservative Coalition garnered a stunning political victory in parliamentary elections, defying polls and forecasting losses
The ruling conservative coalition of Australia prevailed over the polls and scored on Saturday an impressive political victory in the country's parliamentary elections.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten called Prime Minister Scott Morrison to congratulate him on his election victory. He told Labor Party supporters that his party had not won enough seats to form a coalition government.
"I know you're all hurt and so are I. There are still millions of votes left … it's obvious that Labor can not form the next government. In the national interest, I recently called Scott Morrison to congratulate him. 19659004] Supporters of the Labor Party watch the census at the Federal Labor Reception in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, May 1
8, 2019. The Australian elections have been closed and some high-ranking opposition legislators are confident that they will form a center-left government with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “/>
Labor Party supporters watch the census at the Federal Labor Reception in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The Australian elections were concluded with some high-ranking opposition legislators confident they will form a center-left government which focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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Morrison thanked his victory speech on "silent Australians" led the coalition to the impressive political victory.
"It's Australians who worked hard, started a business, started a family, and bought a house," he said. "These are the quiet Australians who won a great victory tonight."
"It's Australians who worked hard, started a business, started a family, and bought a house. These are the silent Australians who have achieved a great victory tonight.
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The conservative liberal-national party coalition is reportedly on course for 74 seats in the 151-seat lower house of parliament with 65 jobs and Win 12 undecided seats.
On the conservative side, however, there was at least one victim. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbot admitted a defeat at the Sydney headquarters he had held since 1994.
He lost to independent candidate and Olympic champion Zali Steggall in his opposition to climate change, which appealed to many voters.
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attends the annual British Conservative Party conference in 2016.
Abbot tried to assess his loss positively and told his supporters: "I want to tell you: there is good news and bad news. There is every chance that the Liberal National Coalition won the election. "
" This is a really extraordinary result. It's an amazing result. It's a great result for Scott Morrison and the rest of the broader liberal team, and Scott Morrison will now be rightfully getting into the Liberal Pantheon forever. "
" So it's disappointing for us in Warringah. I can not say that it does not hurt to lose. But I would rather be a loser than a quince. "
" I can not say that it does not hurt to lose. But I would rather be a loser than a cheater. "
The victory defies pre-election opinion polls indicating that the Conservative coalition would lose the election, with Morrison having one of the briefest terms of office as Prime Minister in Australia's 118-year history.
Australian online bookmaker Sportsbet even paid out 1.3 million Australian dollars (US $ 900,000) in weather that had helped Labor two days before the election.
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The coalition will form a government for the third time, despite the internal turmoil that occurred last August to overthrow Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister Morrison have led. The government then lost two seats and its single seat majority.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.