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Australia’s opposition Labor Party appears set to lead the country following national elections over the weekend. With a handful of races still being tabulated, the center-left party has captured 72 of the 76 seats needed for a parliamentary majority. If Labor does not pass the threshold, alliances with smaller parties and independents are expected to yield a governing coalition. Labor leader Anthony Albanese is expected to become the next prime minister.

The results end nine years of leadership by the country’s conservative coalition led by the center-right Liberal Party. Labor sought to make the election a referendum on former Prime Minister Scott Morrison, with opponents having criticized his aggressive approach to politics. Morrison’s government was also knocked for its response to devastating 2019-20 brush fires. 

Despite the win, analysts say the outcome reflects voter dissatisfaction with both major parties. Each lost vote share from 2019 elections, while the number of independent members doubled.