They clearly won the parliamentary elections. Now it’s up to Australia’s Social Democrats to assume government responsibility – without any coalition partners.

Ten days after the parliamentary elections in Australia, it seems clear that the new Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, can govern with a narrow majority in parliament and will not be dependent on the votes of other parties.

After it had already become apparent on Monday that the Labor Party would get 76 of the 151 seats in the House of Commons, various media confirmed this calculation. The new Treasury Secretary, Jim Chalmers, tweeted the number “76” with a beaming face.

The counting in some constituencies is still ongoing, so that Labor could get more mandates. Australia’s electoral system is complicated, so it can sometimes take a long time to determine who has won a seat in a constituency.

The Social Democrats clearly won the parliamentary elections on May 21. Labor is back in government for the first time in almost ten years. The conservative coalition led by former Prime Minister Scott Morrison suffered a bitter defeat. However, independent candidates and the Australian Greens were successful.