Australian Labour Leader Resigns After Shock Poll Defeat

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Updated May 18, 2019
Opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten (R) concedes defeat along with his wife Chloe Shorten (L) in Melboune on May 18, 2019. WILLIAM WEST / AFP

 

Australian election favourite Bill Shorten conceded defeat after his Labour party suffered a shock defeat in national polls Saturday, saying he would resign as party leader.

“It is obvious that Labour will not be able to form the next government”, Shorten told disbelieving supporters in Melbourne.

“In the national interest, a short while ago I called (Liberal leader, Prime Minister) Scott Morrison to congratulate him,” he said.