Malcolm Turnbull wins Australian election

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Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared victory for his conservative coalition after the closely fought general election.

His comments came after opposition Labor Leader Bill Shorten conceded defeat and congratulated him.

At a news conference, Mr Turnbull said: “We have had a successful election. We have secured the largest number of seats in parliament.”

He admitted that the election was “a tough business”, but welcomed Mr Shorten’s calls for “common ground” in parliament.

Although Malcolm Turnbull has his majority, he still has many problems ahead.
Inside his party he faces many unhappy members. And opposition leader Bill Shorten is taunting Mr Turnbull at every opportunity and predicting a return to the polls within a year.

The prime minister can’t afford to put a foot wrong now.

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