CANBERRA, Australia (September 7, 2013)--Australia's conservative opposition swept to power Saturday in a national election, ending six years of Labor Party rule.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd conceded defeat Saturday.
The conservative Liberal Party-led coalition managed to win over a disenchanted public by promising to end a hated tax on carbon emissions, boost the nation's flagging economy and bring about political stability after years of Labor Party infighting.
The coalition won despite the relative unpopularity of party’s leader, Tony Abbott, 55, a former Roman Catholic seminarian and Rhodes Scholar, who has long struggled to connect with women voters and was once dubbed "unelectable" by opponents.
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