Australia’s conservative coalition is poised to secure an outright majority following a shock election victory, allowing Prime Minister Scott Morrison to carry forward his legislative agenda, Reuters reports.
Morrison’s coalition defied forecasts to be re-elected on Saturday in what he called a political miracle.
The Australian Electoral Commission on Monday said Morrison’s coalition has won 75 seats in Australia’s parliament, one seat short of a 76-seat majority.
According to the commission, the coalition is ahead in two of the five seats that have not been declared.
Morrison’s coalition will hold these leads, allowing it to select a parliamentary speaker and retain a majority, observers believe.
“I’ve always believed in miracles,” Morrison told supporters in his victory speech on Saturday night.
Exit polls had predicted a Labor Party win for the first time in six years, the BBC noted.
Labor leader Bill Shorten resigned in the wake of his party’s surprise defeat, telling members: “It is obvious that Labor will not be able to form the next government.”
A record 16.4 million voters enrolled for the Australia election, which returns a new House of Representatives and just over half of the seats in the Senate, according to the BBC.
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