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Conservatives win victory in Australian election

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[September 07, 2013]  CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's conservative opposition has swept to power in a national election and ended six years of Labor Party rule.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd conceded defeat Saturday.

The conservative Liberal Party-led coalition managed to win over a disenchanted public by promising to end a hated tax on carbon emissions, boost the nation's flagging economy and bring about political stability after years of Labor Party infighting.

A win for the coalition comes despite the relative unpopularity of party leader Tony Abbott. Abbott is a 55-year-old former Roman Catholic seminarian and Rhodes scholar who has long struggled to connect with women voters and was once dubbed "unelectable" by opponents.

[Associated Press; By ROD McGUIRK]

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