New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his re-election, defying pollsters who had predicted his defeat.
"Heartiest congratulations @ScottMorrissonMP on your victory in the elections," said Modi on Twitter, adding, "We wish the people of Australia all success under your dynamic leadership."
"And, as strategic partners we look forward to continue working together closely to further strengthen our relationship," he said.
Both governments recognise there is significant potential for further cooperation across a broad range of areas.Morrison championed working-class economic stability during his campaign, and his victory was said to be part of a worldwide populist trend.
"Tonight is about every single Australian who depends on their government to put them first. And that is exactly what we are going to do," he said at his victory party in Sydney.
The election result is a crushing defeat for the Labor Party, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announcing he would step down from the leadership.(UNI)