Sunday, November 25, 2007

Labor wins

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Australian Prime Minister John Howard has admitted defeat in the country's general election, and looks set to lose his parliamentary seat.
Mr Howard said he had telephoned Labor leader Kevin Rudd "to congratulate him on an emphatic victory".
Mr Rudd said the country had "looked to the future" and he pledged to be a prime minister "for all Australians".
With 70% of votes counted, Labor were on course to win the 76 seats needed to form a government.
More than 20 constituencies from a total of 150 are still to produce a result, but Labor already has 72 seats compared with 48 for Mr Howard's Liberal-National coalition.


Opposition leader Kevin Rudd greeted jubilant supporters Saturday night, as he promised changes in environmental, education and workplace policies as Australia's new prime minister.
"I will be a prime minister for all Australians," he told the cheering crowd. "Let us be the generation that seizes the opportunity of today to invest in the Australia of tomorrow. That's the mission statement we have as the next government of this country."
He added, "I want to do it with all of us working together."

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