Aussie leaders seek minor party support amid election chaos

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s prime minister and opposition leader are trying to drum up support from minor parties in a desperate bid to form a working government after a tight election failed to deliver an immediate victor.

The results of Saturday’s election remained unknown on Monday, with the ultimate result possibly weeks away.

With about a quarter of the votes still to be counted, neither Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative Liberal Party-led coalition nor the center-left Labor Party had secured the required 76 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives to form a government.

With Labor and the Liberals in a virtual tie, there is a possibility neither would end up with enough seats to form a majority government, resulting in a hung parliament.

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