Former union chief elected new Australian Labor leader
SYDNEY (AFP) - Former union chief Bill Shorten was elected Australia's new Labor leader on Sunday, with the party pledging to draw a line under years of infighting that saw two prime ministers toppled.
Shorten, an ambitious former head of the Australian Workers' Union, beat ex-deputy prime minister Anthony Albanese in a month-long leadership race which went to a combined vote of Labor MPs and the party's rank-and-file members for the first time in its history.
Shorten, 46, secured victory by winning 55 of the 86 votes on offer from his parliamentary colleagues - some 64 percent - despite Albanese winning 60 percent of the popular membership vote.
Both ballots were weighted equally, meaning Shorten won 52.02 percent of the combined total.