Australian PM loses election

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison conceded defeat after preliminary results showed his party lost to Labor.

“I spoke to opposition leader and future Prime Minister Anthony Albanese tonight and congratulated him on his election victory,” Mr Morrison said in a televised address in Sydney on May 21.

Earlier, the results of counting around half of the vote showed that Labor was expected to win the general election alongside the centre-left.

Mr Morrison, 54, has been Australia’s Prime Minister since 2018. In his speech today, he also announced that he would step down as leader of the right-wing liberal party.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia on April 10.  Photo: AFP.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia on April 10. Picture: AFP.

Union leader Anthony Albanese, who is expected to become the new prime minister, is a veteran Italian politician. When he takes office, he will be the first leader in Australian history not originally from an English-speaking country.

Mr Albanese stressed that Australia’s next parliament should represent modern Australia. He has advocated a free public health system for the people and rights of the LGBT community.

Surname (Corresponding BBC)