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Australia election

Labor wins Australia election to end 9 years of conservative rule

Anthony Albanese is set to become nation's next prime minister

Anthony Albanese, leader of Australia's Labor Party, addresses supporters in Sydney after winning the federal election.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Nine years of conservative rule in Australia came to an end on Saturday, as Anthony Albanese's Labor Party defeated Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal-National coalition in the country's federal election.

Morrison conceded the election, with local broadcaster ABC projecting at midnight local time that Labor had 72 seats while the ruling Liberal-National coalition was on 54. Other parties were projected to win 11, with 14 seats in doubt. Counting has ceased for the night and will continue on Sunday.

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