According to AFP, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged defeat on Saturday after his Liberal Party failed to win a majority in the national elections. The Liberal Party, which has dominated the country for nearly a decade, is destined to lose power.
Anthony Albanese, the head of Australia’s Labor Party, is now widely expected to become the country’s next prime minister. According to Australian national network ABC News, the Labor Party was leading in 72 seats on Saturday evening, while the Liberal Party-National Party combo was leading in 55 seats.
The country’s parliament has a majority of 76 seats. In 11 seats, vote counting was still going on.
Morrison stated that the election result was a tough and humbling day for his party, and that he would resign as its leader.
“I spoke to Anthony Albanese, the opposition leader and incoming prime minister, tonight and congratulated him on his election victory,” he stated in Sydney.
Albanese, meanwhile, told the BBC that he wants to encourage togetherness and optimism rather than fear and division. He challenged his country’s population to “create change rather than be influenced by it.”
The Labor Party leader claimed that Australians could “stop the climate conflicts” by banding together and making the country a renewable energy superpower. Following recent lives and property losses due to bushfires and floods, the climate catastrophe was a major topic of discussion during the election campaign.
Albanese also stated that a national anti-corruption commission would be established. He went on to say that he was dedicated to the rights of women and indigenous peoples.
According to AFP, he reminisced his boyhood days as the son of a single mother in Sydney at an event in Adelaide on Friday.
“It speaks a lot about this country that someone from those humble beginnings can now stand before you and hope to be elected Prime Minister of this country tomorrow,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom congratulated Albanese on his triumph.
“I look forward to working with you as we reap the benefits of our comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, the AUKUS cooperation, and the unrivalled closeness between the British and Australian people,” he said.