2019 Australia election: Morrison celebrates ‘miracle’ win


Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked voters for re-electing his conservative coalition in a shock result at the federal polls.

He told supporters he had “always believed in miracles” as partial results showed the Liberal-National Coalition close to a majority.

Opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has announced he is resigning after accepting defeat.

Exit polls had suggested a narrow Labor win for the first time in six years.

The final result of the election may not be known for some hours, but with more than 70% of votes counted the Coalition has won, or is ahead in, 74 seats in its quest for a 76-seat majority, with Labor on just 66 seats.

He said he had called Mr Morrison to congratulate him, and announced he would not stand for re-election as Labor leader.

Thanking his opponent, Mr Morrison paid tribute to “the quiet Australians” who had voted for the Coalition. (BBC)

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