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Prez. Sirleaf praises Australias Prime Minister-Elect, Tony Abbott

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has congratulated Australia’s Prime Minister-elect, Tony Abbott, on his ascendency to the post.

In her heartfelt congratulatory message to the new Prime Minister-elect of Australia, President Johnson-Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, wished Mr. Abbott unlimited success in conducting the state of affairs.

The Liberian Leader also said: “Mr. Abbott’s ascendency as Prime Minister-Elect is in recognition of the long service to his people and his immense experience gained over the years.”

She recalled Mr. Abbott’s deep involvement in Australian decision-making process over the past years, noting: “His involvement had served as a catalyst for his ascendency to the post of Prime Minister.”

“I look forward to working along with the new Australian Leader in further cementing the cordial ties of friendship and cooperation between both countries and peoples,” President Johnson-Sirleaf added.

The Liberian President then hoped that both governments will work together to promote human dignity and peace in their respective states and the world at large.

President Johnson-Sirleaf then prayed that the people of Australia will continue achieving greater height of economic progress, unity and prosperity under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister-Elect Abbott.

Australia's opposition defeated the governing Labor party in a general election that has reportedly returned the Liberal-National Coalition to power for the first time in six years.

The coalition won 88 seats to Labor's 57 in the 150-seat parliament.

Liberal leader and Prime Minister-In-Waiting, Tony Abbott, promised a competent and trustworthy government.

"From today, I declare Australia is under new management and Australia is now opened for business," Mr Abbott told a cheering crowd as he delivered a victory speech.

He said he would put the budget back into surplus, and stop boats bringing migrants from Asia.

He added that support for Labor was at its lowest ebb for 100 years, and that the results showed the Australian people would punish anyone who took them for granted.

Under Mr. Rudd, Labor initially saw its figures improve, but Mr Abbott, who enjoyed the strident support of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers, then widened the gap again.

Mr Abbott took on the leadership of the flagging Liberal-National coalition in 2009.

As a Rhodes Scholar, who once wanted to be a Roman Catholic Priest, Mr Abbott pledged to repeal both the mining and carbon taxes introduced by Labor.

He also promised a raft of budget cuts, including reducing the foreign aid budget, by a $4.5bn ($4bn; £2.6bn), but he says he will fund an expanded paid parental leave scheme.

Meanwhile, Outgoing PM, Kevin Rudd, earlier admitted defeat and promised not to stand again for the Labor leadership, because he said the Australian people "deserve a fresh start."

The Opposition Leader said he had phoned Mr Abbott and wished him well.

"I gave it my all, but it was not enough for us to win. I am pleased that Labor was preserved as a "viable fighting force for the future,” Mr. Rudd also noted.

"I know that Labor hearts are heavy across the nation tonight. As your Labor leader, I accept it as my responsibility," he further added.

The main election issues were how to tackle an expected economic slowdown, whether to keep a tax on carbon emissions, and how to reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat.

Mr Rudd had called the election after defeating Julia Gillard in a leadership challenge in June, amid dismal polling figures that showed Labor on course for a wipe-out.

Mr Rudd retained his seat in the Brisbane constituency of Griffith.

The Australian Election Commission confirmed Monday, September 9, 2013 that the Liberal-National coalition had won 88 seats in the House of Representatives, and Labor 57.

Three seats were distributed between three small parties, and there were two seats still to return results.

In the previous parliament, Labor relied on the support of independents and the Greens for its minority government, with 71 seats to the coalition's 72.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, was among the first to congratulate Prime Minister-Elect Abbott on his victory, saying: "It'll be great working with another centre-right leader."

 


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