CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's conservative opposition has swept to power in a national election and ended 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.
A win for the coalition comes despite the relative unpopularity of party leader Tony Abbott. Abbott is a 55-year-old former Roman Catholic seminarian and Rhodes scholar who has long struggled to connect with women voters and was once dubbed "unelectable" by opponents.