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Australia's PM Malcolm Turnbull confident of winning knife-edge election

Published 02/07/2016

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy cast their votes at the Double Bay school in Sydney (AP)
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy cast their votes at the Double Bay school in Sydney (AP)

Australia's prime minister says he has "every confidence" that his ruling conservative party has won the national election.

Malcolm Turnbull said early on Sunday morning that the results of the race were extremely close hours after polls closed.

But Mr Turnbull said he was confident his Liberal Party-led coalition would be able to form a majority government.

Parties need to hold at least 76 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives in order to form a government.

As of late Saturday night, the Australian Electoral Commission said Mr Turnbull's party was leading in 71 seats, the centre-left Labour Party in 68 seats, and minor parties or independents in five seats.

Counting was less clear in another six seats.

AP

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