Australian Election Results in Limbo; Hung Parliament Possible

SYDNEY (dpa/TNS) -
AAP/Mick Tsikas/via REUTERS  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (R) speaks alongside Labor leader Bill Shorten during their first debate in Sydney, last Friday.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (R) speaks alongside Labor leader Bill Shorten during their election debate in Sydney, last month. (AAP/Mick Tsikas/via Reuters)

Australia faces a strong possibility of a hung Parliament with neither of the top two parties winning enough seats to form a workable government, election results showed Sunday.

With 77 percent of votes counted, the reigning Liberal coalition led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is neck and neck with the Labour Party led by Bill Shorten, with 67 seats for each party.

Eleven seats are too close to call. The Greens have won one, while four seats are held by the independents.

More than 10 million voters cast their votes Saturday to choose representatives for both the lower and upper houses of Parliament.

Any party trying to form a government will have to win 76 seats in the 150-seat lower house.

For the doubtful 11 seats, Labour leads in six contests. However analysts say the trend could easily be reversed because the early voting ballots and mail votes that are left to be counted have traditionally favored the Liberals.

Projections claim the most Turnbull can hope for is 74 seats, which would force him to cut a deal with the independents and minor parties to remain in power.