Incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison, leader of the Australian Liberal Party in Sydney, Australia, May 21, 2022.

Australia’s Labor Party won the government after a campaign focused on personality over policy, ending the conservatives’ reign after nearly a decade.

Iran PressIran News: Riding a wave of support for candidates who campaigned for more action on climate change, Australia’s Labor Party ousted the conservatives after nearly a decade. Labor Leader Anthony Albanese will become the new prime minister.

Anthony Albanese and his opposition Labor Party ended nine years of conservative government in Australia on Saturday, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison conceded defeat of the coalition he led.

A handful of races were still too close to call, but early results showed Labor winning at least 72 seats of the 76 needed to form a government. Alliances with independent and minor-party victors would give it a majority if it does not reach 76 seats by itself, The New York Times reported.

“Tonight, the Australian people have voted for change,” Albanese said in his victory speech in Sydney, during which he also repeated a theme of his campaign. “It says a lot about our great country that the son of a single mum who was a disability pensioner, who grew up in public housing down the road in Camperdown, can stand before you tonight as Australia’s prime minister.”

The Labor victory, on a campaign promising “renewal not revolution,” makes Albanese the fourth Labor leader to win the government from the opposition since World War II. After a race that became a referendum on Mr. Morrison and his combative style — in the final days he acknowledged that he could be “a bit of a bulldozer” and promised to change — the results pointed to exhaustion with the incumbent more than enthusiasm for the challenger.


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