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    Australian Liberal-National Coalition Leads in Parliamentary Election

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    The ruling Liberal-National coalition led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leads in parliamentary elections in Australia, according to the preliminary data on 68.1 percent of votes counted, local media reported Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the ABC broadcaster, with the 68.1 percent of votes counted, the Liberal-National coalition received 74 of the 150 seats in the lower house of parliament or 42 percent of votes, while the Labour Party received 67 seats and 34.9 percent of votes counted.

    76 seats are needed to form a government without the need of post-election coalition.

    The parliamentary elections are being held every three years in Australia. The voters regularly elect 150 legislators of the lower chamber and 38 out of 76 lawmakers of the upper chamber. After the upper chamber legislators dismissed two draft bills proposed by the government, incumbent Prime Minister Turnbull dissolved both chambers, thus making all 226 seats in parliament eligible for election.

    In May, Turnbull dissolved the parliament after the upper chamber legislators dismissed two draft bills proposed by the government.


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