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GLOBALink | Australian PM concedes defeat in federal election

CANBERRA, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has conceded defeat in the country's 2022 federal election held on Saturday.

In a speech on Saturday night, he said that he had spoken to the Opposition leader Anthony Albanese and congratulated him on his election victory.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Saturday night projected Labor will form a government for the first time since 2013, with Albanese becoming the country's 31st prime minister.

The result marks an end to the Coalition's nearly-nine-year hold on power and Morrison's tenure as prime minister.

Describing the night as "difficult", Morrison said that he'll step down as leader of the Liberal Party.

"I will be handing over the leadership at the next party room meeting to ensure the party can be taken forward under new leadership, which is the appropriate thing to do," he said.

Produced by Xinhua Global Service