Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative coalition lost this Saturday’s May 21 legislative election in Australia, according to media-published estimates after nearly half the votes were counted.
According to national broadcaster ABC, Anthony Albanese’s Labor Party was on track to form a government, but was not yet assured of securing enough seats in the House of Representatives to form only its own parliamentary majority. Anthony Albanese declares his victory.
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Scott Morrison, for his part, accepted his defeat in the legislative elections, which ended nine years of Conservative government.
“Tonight I spoke to the Leader of the Opposition and the new Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, and congratulated him on his election victory”Scott Morrison said.
Le Drian: ‘I loved it’ Morrison’s defeat
This defeat of Prime Minister Morrison” I feel very good.” The outgoing French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, made the remarks.
Australia breaks 56 billion euro contract for French submarines
Following the expiration of the 56 billion euro contract between France and Australia in September 2016, Le Drian denounced the “coup in the back” after the latter had abandoned buying French submarines to turn to the Americans. saying from” Angry, with great bitterness”.
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“I really liked the Prime Minister’s defeat”, Jean-Yves Le Drian reacted, eliciting laughter from the crowd, during a handover ceremony to the new head of French diplomacy, Catherine Colonna.
“The actions taken at the time they were taken were cruel and blasphemous, and I would be tempted to even say notorious incompetence”He continued.
“I hope we can engage again with Australia in a frank and constructive dialogue in the future”He concluded.
Canberra sparked an outstanding tussle with Paris last September by denouncing a contract for the sale of French submarines to the Australian Navy for more than 50 billion euros, preferring them to Anglo-American nuclear-powered submarines whose French buildings was not provided.
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To mark its anger, France had recalled its ambassador to the United States, an unprecedented act in this historic ally as well as in Australia, the country at the origin of the crisis.
Australian submarines: five days of diplomatic crisis and acid spikes among allies
Usually not very elaborate, Jean-Yves Le Drian then fired red balls at the criminals in very non-diplomatic but rare words.
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“lying”, “repetition”, “contempt”… he had reprimanded her for hiding their conversation for months, condemning a “Great breach of trust” Between NATO allies and the United Kingdom in passing treaty “fifth wheel of a cart”,
In early April, Australian officials acknowledged that Canberra would have to pay up to 5.5 billion Australian dollars (3.7 billion euros) to terminate the deal with France.
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