CANBERRA, Australia - Prime Minister Julia Gillard edged closer to retaining power in Australia on Thursday when an independent lawmaker said he would support her center-left Labor Party to form Australia's first minority government in almost seven decades.

CANBERRA, Australia - New figures show that Australia's conservatives overstated savings from their election promises by up to10.6 billion Australian dollars ($9.7 billion), in a blow to their chances of forming a ruling coalition after inconclusive elections.

CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's conservative leader said Thursday that his coalition had the best economic credentials to govern despite new figures showing that he had overstated savings from election promises by up to 10.6 billion Australian dollars ($9.7 billion).

CANBERRA, Australia - The contenders to become Australia's next prime minister each promised Wednesday to govern for a full term if three key independent lawmakers support their competing parties to form an administration after indecisive elections.

CANBERRA, Australia - Australians choose Saturday whether they will cut down their first woman prime minister after only two months in power and return to conservative rule in a cliffhanger election that threatens the survival of a first-term center-left government.
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