Opposition Wins Australia's General Elections – Exit Polls

World | September 7, 2013, Saturday // 14:57|  views

According to exit polls, Toni Abbott, is steadily on his way to become Australia's next PM. Photo by www.independentaustralia.net

Australia's opposition Liberal-National Coalition, led by Toni Abbott, is steadily on its way to score a conclusive win in the country's general elections.

According to exit polls, the opposition is ahead of the Labor Party of Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

Australia's Public broadcaster ABC's analyst has called the election for the coalition.

The BBC reminds the campaign has been dramatic, with Rudd ousting Julia Gillard as PM and Labor leader for weeks from the polls.

Rudd called the election after defeating Gillard in a leadership challenge in June, amid dismal polling figures for the Labor party.

Under Rudd, Labor initially saw its figures improve significantly, but Abbott, with the strident support of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers, then broadened the gap again.

A Newspoll exit poll, released just over an hour before polling closed in the east of the country, predicted that the Liberal Coalition would secure 97 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives.

With about half the votes counted, however, ABC News, put its estimate significantly lower, with the coalition predicted to win 88 seats to Labor's 59.

The economy, asylum and the carbon tax have been key election issues.

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