Australia’s newly elected leader may have to be sworn in as prime minister to attend a summit with US President Joe Biden, with votes still counting in the country’s polls.
It’s not clear yet Anthony Albanese’s Labor will be able to form a majority government or rely on the support of smaller parties and independent parties who have already chosen seats.
However, he will meet in Tokyo on Tuesday with Mr. Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Needing 76 seats to rule, Labor was declared the winner with 72 seats, with 68.5% of the votes counted.
The conservative coalition is badly defeated, led by the outgoing prime minister of the Liberal Party Scott Morrison there are only 51 seats so far – down from a majority of 76 seats in the 2019 election.
It means that the new parliament seems far less climate cynical than the pro-coal Morrison government.
A total of 15 seats have been claimed for independents or smaller parties.
Of these, 3 are guaranteed by the Green Party and 12 are non-aligned, with up to 9 so-called “Telk team independents” who have campaigned on integrity policies. governance, equity and response to climate change.
Most of their successful candidates have been women, with their success seen in part as an objection to Mr Morrison’s handling of gender issues, including the scandal. sex rocked Congress during his most recent three-year term.
While Labor will form either a majority or a minority government, both major parties have lost ground, with support for the Conservative coalition down more than 6% from the 2019 election and the Labor vote. movement decreased by about 1.2%.
Mr Albanese vowed to bring Australians together, increase investment in social services and “end climate wars”.
Speaking to reporters while walking his dog on Sunday morning, Mr Albanese referred to a more collaborative approach to congressional business and described his victory as “a real moment.” important”.
“I really want to change the country. I want to change the way politics is run in this country,” he said.
Green Leader Adam Bandt said his party wanted to work with the next government to “address the climate crisis” and the “inequity crisis” that he said was threatening Australia.
“The Liberal vote goes backwards, the Labor vote goes back,” he said.
“More people turn to the Greens than ever … because we say politics needs to be done differently.”
During the election campaign, Labor promised more financial support and a stronger social safety net as Australia grapples with its highest inflation since 2001 and soaring house prices.
On the foreign policy front, the party proposes the creation of a defense school in the Pacific to train neighboring militaries to counter China’s potential military presence in the Solomon Islands, which are located right next to the Pacific Ocean. Australia’s doorstep.
It also wants to tackle climate change, with an ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent by 2050.
Mr Morrison, who became prime minister after an intra-party coup in 2018, said he would step down as leader of the Liberal Party.
His popularity has declined dramatically since his surprise election victory in 2019, including after vacationing in Hawaii during the devastating Australian bushfires in 2020.