29 Nov 2010

Brumby concedes defeat in Victoria

9:09 pm on 29 November 2010

Labor premier John Brumby has conceded defeat in the Australian state of Victoria's election, handing power to the opposition Liberal-National coalition.

After 11 years in power, Mr Brumby's party was ousted by a swing of 6.5% against it.

Needing 45 seats to form a majority government, the coalition has 44 so far on Monday and looks certain to gain one more when counting is completed in the Melbourne suburban seat of Bentleigh, AAP reports.

The new premier will be 47-year-old Liberal leader Ted Baillieu.

Mr Baillieu will become Victoria's 46th premier and will visit the governor on Monday evening to accept his invitation to form government.