Australia's Kevin Rudd concedes election defeat and wishes Tony Abbott well
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday conceded election defeat to conservative challenger Tony Abbott, and wished his rival well.
"A short time again I telephoned Tony Abbott to concede defeat at this national election," he said at a party function in Brisbane.
"As prime minister of Australia, I wish him well in the high office of prime minister of this country."
With 80 per cent of the votes counted, the Australian Electoral Commission showed Mr Abbott’s Liberal/National coalition was leading in 88 seats in the House of Representatives, to Labor’s 56.