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John Howard out!

Australia’s pro-Iraq War, anti-Kyoto Accord, George W. Bush allied Prime Minister John Howard conceded defeat in Australia’s General Elections. He also conceded that it was very likely that he would lose his own seat in Parliament. At long last, a favourable result in an election.

The BBC’s Nick Bryant, in Sydney, said Labor had swept back into power by harnessing an anti-government backlash.

Mr Howard had found himself on the wrong side of public opinion on the Kyoto protocol and the war in Iraq, our correspondent said. Many people also seemed to be simply tired of Mr Howard after 11 years of his rule.

Blair is out, now Howard. Bush will be out in January 2009 (unless the Democrats have the sense to impeach him first), and while a Democratic victory is likely, it isn’t a given. And what’s really up in the air is whether the Democrats can get an effective majority in the Senate. But that’s all in the future. For now, I’m happy to celebrate the end of the John Howard era in Australia. About time!

Update: Steve Clemmons at Huffington Post added this interesting tidbit

Beyond ending the lockstep dance between George Bush and John Howard, Kevin Rudd’s win also means that Peter Garrett, former lead singer for Midnight Oil, will be Australia’s next Climate Change Minister



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