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By Robert A. Vella

Australians have voted to determine which party would head its next government, but the election result so far is incredibly close and suggests no clear winner.  While the remainder of the vote counting could take several more days, deal-making is underway to form a viable coalition.

Official data indicates a 3.4% swing away from Malcolm Tunbull’s (conservative) Liberal Party with about two-thirds of the vote counted, giving the current ruling coalition a projected 67 seats in the lower house compared to 71 for Labor and 5 for independents and the Green Party.

Source:  Australia’s election cliff-hanger leaves nation in limbo

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