Experts say it may still take some time before all 151 seats in the lower house are distributed because of the complicated electoral system Down Under. The previous opposition leader, nicknamed “Albo”, is to be sworn in as prime minister on Monday and replace the conservative incumbent Scott Morrison from the Liberals.
Morrison, who was controversial mainly because of his coal-friendly climate policy, also wants to resign from the party leadership after the election disaster. A few hours after the polls closed on Saturday evening, he conceded his defeat and congratulated Albanese.
The 59-year-old new prime minister is expected in Tokyo on Tuesday, where he is to attend a summit meeting with US President Joe Biden and the heads of government from Japan and India. At the so-called Quad Summit, the focus should be on striving for a free and open Indo-Pacific. The states are trying not to let China’s influence in the region continue to grow.