Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Sunday that she was speaking with independent lawmakers in an effort to build a coalition government.
Gillard is the head of the country's Labor Party. Her remarks to reporters on Sunday came after no clear winner emerged in Saturday's cliffhanger election.
Results are still being tallied by Australian elections officials. The winning party needs to secure 76 of 150 seats in parliament.
Gillard stressed that her discussions with independent and Greens Party lawmakers were preliminary.