Australia's two major parties started wooing independent lawmakers on Saturday after an inconclusive election left the nation facing its first hung parliament since 1940. Jon Decker reports.
Australia's two major parties started wooing independent lawmakers on Saturday after an inconclusive election left the nation facing its first hung parliament since 1940.
Neither the ruling Labor party nor the Liberal-National opposition managed to win a majority.
And Australia's conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott said he would in coming days talk to independent members of parliament on forming a minority government.
"The Liberal and national parties are back in business. We stand ready to govern and we stand ready to offer the Australian people stable, predictable and competent government."
Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that with the election too close to call, Labor would remain in power until a result is known.
"In these days as the election result is being determined the conventions of our wonderful democracy ensure that I will continue to lead the government and provide strong and stable government until the outcome of the election is clearly known."
Analysts project around 70 seats for the two major parties, short of the 76 needed to control the 150-seat lower house.
Jon Decker, Reuters.