John Howard Wins In Australia

More good news for President Bush, a key member of the coalition wins re-election.

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) – Prime Minister John Howard scored a convincing victory in Australia’s federal election Saturday, winning a historic fourth term in a vote ensuring the staunch U.S. ally keeps its troops in Iraq.

With more than 70 percent of votes tallied, Howard appeared likely to increase his government’s majority in parliament – exceeding most analysts’ predictions that the result would be very tight.

The election was widely seen abroad as the first referendum for the three leaders who launched the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, with President Bush facing a ballot next month and British Prime Minister Tony Blair probably facing voters next year.

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