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Australia in limbo after election deadlock

Sunday, July 03, 2016 - 01:26

Australia's election fails to produce a clear winner, leaving the nation in limbo. Yiming Woo reports.

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Australian newspapers announce the cliffhanger to Saturday's election. It's a deadlock between the ruling coalition led by Liberal Party and the opposition Labor Party. The political limbo is a major blow for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who gambled on an early poll to secure a clear majority. But he remains confident of returning his government to power. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, MALCOLM TURNBULL, SAYING: "We will have a resolution by the end of the week, I have no doubt about that, and what we will do is ensure that we work constructively and effectively with all of the members of the new parliament to ensure that we deliver the stability and leadership that Australians expect." The country has seen four prime ministers in three years. Turnbull had some of the highest ratings for an Australian leader shortly after he ousted former prime minister Tony Abbott. But some Australians say they're tired of the politics. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHARMACIST, DEBBIE MOLDOVAN, SAYING: "I just feel that the country has turned against Malcolm because of what he did to Tony Abbott. I think they're fed up with what goes on in politics. It happened too many times when the Labor government was in power, it's happened now again with the Liberals and people are basically fed up." The uncertainty isn't likely to be resolved soon, as vote-counting could take a week or more.

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Australia in limbo after election deadlock

Sunday, July 03, 2016 - 01:26