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Eight days after Australia's general election ended in uncertainty, the prime minister finally claimed victory Sunday for his conservative coalition, bringing an end to the country's political paralysis -- at least for the moment.
 
Australia's PM claims victory after national elections
Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Sunday declared victory for the ruling conservatives after the Labor opposition conceded defeat despite an ongoing vote count eight days after close-fought national elections.
 
Australia's PM Turnbull 'Mr Harbourside Mansion'
SYDNEY, AFP Multi-millionaire former banker and lawyer Malcolm Turnbull has clung to power in Australia, but the tech-savvy grandfather dubbed "Mr Harbourside Mansion" won only a begrudging victory with voters.
 
Australia's government appeared increasing likely to retain power after a knife-edge election, with a third independent lawmaker on Friday offering support to the ruling coalition if it falls short of a majority.
 
Lawmaker to back Australian government in hung parliament
Australia's conservative government tightened its slim grip on power on Thursday as it increased its narrow lead in election vote counting and as an independent lawmaker agreed to support the ruling party if it does now win a majority.
 
Australia's conservative government remained hopeful on Wednesday of clinging to power after weekend elections turned too close to call. But the opposition leader warned that even if the government musters a majority, it will emerge a divided administration without a mandate for its agenda.
 
An "enraged" Australian man phoned police to complain that his father had burned his prized cannabis plants, authorities said Wednesday.
 
Australian PM inches ahead in poll count
Embattled Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's conservative coalition seemed "absolutely certain" to emerge as frontrunner following the general election, a leading analyst predicted Wednesday, and may even secure a majority.
 
Turnbull faces call to resign after election chaos
With Australia's government in chaos amid a dramatic national election that failed to deliver an immediate winner, the country's opposition leader called on Monday for the prime minister to resign, dubbing him "the David Cameron of the southern hemisphere."
 
Australia's opposition leader says the result of the nation's election is too close to call in a race that could end with neither side able to form a majority government.
 
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