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New PM of Australia Anthony Albanese

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Anthony Albanese has led his Labor Party to victory in the national election in Australia, ending nine years of conservative rule.

The opposition Labor party with 72 seats is yet to gain a parliamentary majority in the 151-member parliament, as the counting of votes is still underway.

“The Australian people have voted for change. I am humbled by this victory,” the 59-year-old Labor leader told his supporters in Sydney.

Albanese, nicknamed “Albo”, will be sworn in as prime minister after his Labor party claimed its first electoral win since 2007.

He has promised big changes after nearly 10 years of conservative rule, from stepping up climate action to boosting Indigenous rights and cracking down on political corruption.

In his first comments after the election win, Albanese said he wanted to bring Australians together.

“I want to unite the country. I think people have had enough of division, what they want is to come together as a nation and I intend to lead that,” he said referring to the divisive politics under conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrisson.

Earlier, Prime Minister Morrison conceded defeat as he congratulated Albanese on his victory.
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