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Tight election may leave Australia with hung parliament

Voters fill in their ballots at a polling station at Town Hall in Sydney, Saturday, July 2, 2016.


CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says he has “every confidence” that his ruling conservative party has won the national election.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said early Sunday morning that the results of the race were extremely close hours after polls closed. But 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 Turnbull’s party was leading in 71 seats, the center-left Labor Party in 68 seats, and minor parties or independents in five seats. Counting was less clear in another six seats.

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