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Australian parties seek backing of independents

08-23-2010 19:46 BJT

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Leaders of Australia's two major political parties are lobbying for support from independent lawmakers to stitch together the nation's first minority government since World War There are more details from the country's closest election in almost 50 years.

The final results of Saturday's vote may not be known for a week or more.

Both Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who remains as a caretaker leader, and Liberal leader Tony Abbott have initiated talks with three independents in the House of Representatives, as well as the Green party, in attempts to secure their votes.

By convention, Gillard as prime minister will have the first chance to form government.

Julia Gillard, PM, said, "Which party is best able to form a stable and effective government in the national interest? Which party can best process the business of the people of Australia and get legislations passed? And I would say that it is the government that is best able to under take those tasks. Now I do want to sensibly manage the expectations of Australians as this process takes place."

Opposition leader Tony Abbott argues the swing of votes away from Labor after only a single three-year term shows voters want a change.

No Australian government has had to rely on the support of independent lawmakers to rule since 1943.

Three independents and one Green MP now hold the balance of power in parliament.

The independents are keeping an open mind and want to talk to the leaders of both major parties.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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