Australian Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese will be the country’s new prime minister, after incumbent Scott Morrison failed to win enough seats for the Liberal-National coalition in Saturday’s election.
Albanese’s victory marks the end of a decade of opposition to Labour.
Following early indications of the outcome of the results on Saturday night, Morrison phoned Albanese to concede defeat. Morrison later announced his decision to step down as leader of the Australian Liberal Party, in comments carried by ABC News Australia.
In his victory speech, Albanese said he wanted to unite the country’s people after an election campaign dominated by issues including the rising cost of living and the climate crisis.
“Tonight the people of Australia voted for change,” Albanese said at Labor Party headquarters on Saturday evening, in remarks carried by ABC News Australia. “My Labor team will work every day to bring Australians together.”
The new Australian leader went on to highlight his humble beginnings, growing up as “the son of a single mother who was a disabled pensioner, who grew up in social housing”.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Albanese on his victory and pushed for the benefits of his country’s free trade deal with Australia under the new leadership of the Labor Party.
“I look forward to working with you as we reap the benefits of our Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, the AUKUS partnership and the unparalleled closeness between the British and Australian peoples,” Johnson said. mentioned on Twitter.