FILE - In this July 3, 2016 file photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses party supporters during a rally in Sydney following a general election. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
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Embattled Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appeared likely to retain power after gaining the support of a key independent Thursday, although the closeness of the vote signaled more tough political and economic times ahead.Turnbull flew to northern Queensland state to win reluctant support from Bob Katter, a maverick former member of the ruling conservative coalition who is now a potential kingmaker if Turnbull is unable to win the 76 lower house seats needed to form government outright.Labor is projected to win 66 seats, meaning they would need to win the six seats still being counted and do deals with all the four remaining independents to form government -- a scenario considered extremely unlikely by pollsters.
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