South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill (left), South Australian Opposition Leader Stephen Marshall (centre) and SA Best leader Nick Xenophon are seen at the SA Press Club for the leaders' public debate in Adelaide, Friday, February 2, 2018. (AAP Image/Roy Vandervegt)
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill (left), South Australian Opposition Leader Stephen Marshall (centre) and SA Best leader Nick Xenophon are seen at the SA Press Club for the leaders' public debate in Adelaide, Friday, February 2, 2018. (AAP Image/Roy Vandervegt)

Weatherill to quit as Marshall prepares for power

LIBERAL leader Steven Marshall has met with Governor Hieu van Le to begin the formal process of becoming Premier following his decisive victory over Jay Weatherill.

Mr Weatherill met earlier with the Governor to tell him he was resigning as Premier before announcing he would also stand down as Labor leader.

As all three leaders addressed the media on Sunday, SA Best leader Nick Xenophon ruled out returning to federal politics after failing to win a seat in the House of Assembly.

Three seats still hang in the balance â€" Adelaide (the CBD and inner northern suburbs), Heysen (the Adelaide Hills) and Mawson (southern suburbs, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island).

Adelaide came back into contention for Labor in Sunday counting and is now too close to call, with the Liberals slightly ahead. Heysen looks increasingly likely to end up with the Liberals rather than SA Best, and uncertainty around preference flows mean Mawson is on a knife-edge.

Mr Weatherill conceded last night, paving the way for Mr Marshall to begin forming his new government.

Mr Marshall, meanwhile, has told a media conference he will implement all of the pledges made by the Liberals during the election campaign.


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