Counting resumes in Australian election with parties close

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Posted: Jul 04, 2016 11:51 PM
Counting resumes in Australian election with parties close

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Vote counting has resumed in Australia's dramatically close national election, three days after the contest failed to deliver an immediate winner and left the nation's leadership in doubt.

Counting resumed on Tuesday after it was suspended in the early hours of Sunday morning while the ballot papers were secured and catalogued in a bid to avoid a repeat of a fiasco in 2013 when the mislaying of 1,370 ballot papers forced a re-run of the senate election in Western Australia state.

Neither Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's conservative coalition nor the opposition center-left Labor Party has won a majority in the House of Representatives, raising the prospect of a hung parliament.