Australians elect hung parliament

Aug. 21, 2010, midnight

Parliamentary elections in Australia on Saturday have left the country with a hung lower house for the first time in forty years. Both the ruling Labor Party of Prime Minister Julia GILLARD, and the opposition Liberal/National Party alliance failed to capture the 76 seats needed for an outright majority. Patrick DUNLEAVY, a professor of political science at the London School of Economics, has noted that the election results mean that every major Westminster model country in the world now has a hung parliament. This includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and India. Although Australians will not know final election results for another week, GILLARD, and Liberal Party leader Tony ABBOTT are attempting to win negotiations with independent lawmakers to form a government.

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