Thursday 29 September 2016

Australia's prime minister says he has 'every confidence' that his ruling conservative party has won the national election

Published 02/07/2016 | 16:27

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts as he speaks during an official function for the Liberal Party during the Australian general election in Sydney, Australiis. Reuters/David Gray
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts as he speaks during an official function for the Liberal Party during the Australian general election in Sydney, Australiis. Reuters/David Gray

Australia's prime minister says he has "every confidence" that his ruling conservative party has won the national election.

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Malcolm Turnbull said early on Sunday morning that the results of the race were extremely close hours after polls closed.

But Mr Turnbull said he was confident his Liberal Party-led coalition would be able to form a majority government.

Parties need to hold at least 76 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives in order to form a government.

As of late Saturday night, the Australian Electoral Commission said Mr Turnbull's party was leading in 71 seats, the centre-left Labour Party in 68 seats, and minor parties or independents in five seats.

Counting was less clear in another six seats.

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