Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison celebrates unexpected victory

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) gives his victory speech along with his family after winning the general elections in Sy...

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) gives his victory speech along with his family after winning the general elections in Sydney on May 18, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has celebrated election victory while the opposition leader conceded an unexpected defeat.

Morrison thanked "quiet Australians" for delivering his party a "miracle" election victory in Saturday's election.

"I have always believed in miracles!" Morrison told a room filled with happy supporters of the Liberal Party, adding, "How good is Australia?"

Initial vote counts indicate that Morrison’s coalition government is to remain in power.

With half the votes counted on Saturday, it is unclear whether Morrison’s party can govern with an outright majority.

The rest of the ballots are to be counted this weekend.

Pre-election polls, however, had indicated that the Labor Party was set to win the elections.

However, the center-left party suffered a shock defeat in national polls.

The leader of the party, Bill Shorten, conceded defeat late Saturday, saying that the Labor Party would not be able to form government.
Australia's opposition leader from the Labor Party, Bill Shorten, leaves the stage In Melbourne with his wife Chloe after conceding defeat in the latest general elections, May 18, 2019. (Photo by AFP)
He announced that he had decided that he would resign from his post as party leader.

"And without wanting to hold out any false hope … it is obvious that Labor will not be able to form the next government," Shorten said.



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