News Brief 8/22/2010, Elul 12, 5770
Dead Heat in Australian Election
A count of the votes in the Australian election has showed that there was no clear winner. According to estimates, neither Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott have been able to garner the 76 seats needed for a majority in the coalition yet. Both Prime Minister Gillard's Labor party and Abbot's conservative Coalition will have at most 72 or 73 seats in the parliament in the dead-heat election, according to estimates, with the several MPs from small parties who were voted in taking the role of kingmakers. Coalition talks are expected to begin Monday. Neither candidate has conceded, and Gillard said she would remain in office until the situation was clarified.