Australian opposition leader tells Turnbull to step down

Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten on Monday said that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should resign, saying, "The bloke is not up to the job."

"He doesn't know what he is doing," said Shorten, the leader of the Labor party. "Quite frankly, I think he should quit ... He has taken this nation to an election on the basis of stability. He has delivered instability."

Australians voted in parliamentary elections on Saturday to choose their next leader. The final results are still pending, but early projections show a strong probability of a hung parliament with no clear victor.

Analysts said the results - regardless of whether Turnbull's Liberal party wins or not - are likely to be "disastrous" for the prime minister, who had a 19-seat advantage when he went into the election.

"He leads a divided party, he has had an election and he has delivered an inferior and unstable outcome," Shorten said.

Shorten also accused Turnbull of paving the way for conservative right-wing parties to win enough votes to get elected in the Senate.

One Nation, a right-wing populist party led by Pauline Hanson, is set to win at least one seat in the upper house, according to projections.

Last update: Mon, 04/07/2016 - 12:38
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