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Labor Party defeats centre-right, elects Australia's prime minister

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Anthony Albanese, primeiro-ministro eleito na Austrália
Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister-elect of Australia| Photo: EFE/EPA/BIANCA DE MARCHI

After nearly a decade away from power, the Australian Labor Party has defeated the coalition center-right Liberal-National, electing Anthony Albanese as Prime Minister of Australia, this Saturday (14). With the counting of votes still in progress, the expectation is for a government with a parliamentary minority, but with a chance of winning a majority by the end of the count.

Led by current Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Coalition had won the last three elections Australian Federals (in 2013, 2000 and 2019 – the current prime minister has been in office since 2001). In this election, in addition to the natural wear and tear of years in power, he faced criticism of the pandemic management measures and the vacillating response to the forest fires of the so-called “Black Summer”, between 2016 and 2016.

In a scenario of rising house prices and the highest inflation since

, Labor also promised more financial assistance and a safety net more robust society. The party also has a proposal to increase the minimum wage by 5.1%.

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