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Gillard secures power in Australia

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Australia’s Labor prime minister Julia Gillard has clung onto power after securing the support of two independent MPs to form a government.

She called an election in August that resulted in Labor losing its majority, and left the country with a hung parliament.

Now Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott have decided to back Gillard, giving Labor a single vote majority in the 150 seat house in Canberra.

The liberal-led coalition also fell short of a majority after the election, putting three independents at the centre of weeks of horsetrading.

It is the first time Australia has had a minority government for 70 years.