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We will rebuild: Giles promises CLP return

AAP logoAAP 27/08/2016 Elise Scott

The Country Liberal Party has promised to come back bigger and better after being thumped by Labor in the Northern Territory.

With its leader battling to hold onto his seat, the party could win just two electorates.

Outgoing chief minister Adam Giles described Saturday's result as a landslide and a lesson for the CLP.

Even his future isn't certain, despite winning his Alice Springs seat of Braitling in 2012 by almost 20 per cent.

He's now in a tight contest with Labor's Dale Wakefield to sit in parliament.

The CLP leader blamed the near-obliteration on politician's self-interest, declaring the result a lesson that "disunity is death in politics."

"Tonight, no doubt, is a landslide, it's a thumping," Mr Giles told supporters at a CLP function in Alice Springs on Saturday evening.

But he promised the message had been heard and the CLP would rebuild.

"Territorians, one day in the future, will call on us to take leadership."

The CLP won the 2012 election with 16 of 25 seats but a series of scandals and five defections left it heading to Saturday's poll with a minority government.

The result wasn't a surprise to many CLP members.

"We were always expecting that," unsuccessful CLP candidate Stephen Brown for Araluen told AAP.

"The mistakes were the infighting and the personal glory over the interest of the community.

"It's something that most of us find fairly unforgivable."

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister and NT senator Nigel Scullion praised Mr Giles and his government for their work in the territory.

He said the NT was in a much better state now than when the CLP came into office.

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