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Anthony Albanese sworn in as Australian PM; Richard Marles as Deputy

Prime News, International, Politics, Canberra, May 23:- Anthony Albanese was sworn in as the new Australian Prime Minister by Australian Governor-General David Hurley during a ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Monday (May 23). The development came ahead of a Tokyo summit, while vote counting continued to determine whether he will control a majority in a Parliament that is demanding tougher action on climate change.

The new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, right, shakes hands with Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles during a swearing-in ceremony in Canberra on Monday © Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s center-left Labor Party ousted predecessor Scott Morrison’s conservative coalition at Saturday’s election (May 21). The coalition had been in power under three prime ministers for nine years.

“I want to lead a government that has the same sentiment of optimism and hope that I think defines the Australian people,” Albanese said in his hometown of Sydney before flying to the national capital Canberra to be sworn in.

Albanese, who describes himself as the first-ever candidate for the office of prime minister with a “non-Anglo Celtic name” and Malaysian-born Penny Wong, Australia’s first foreign minister to be born overseas, was sworn into office by Governor-General David Hurley before the pair flew to Tokyo for a security summit on Tuesday (May 24) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, United States President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Meanwhile, Richard Marles was also sworn in as the Deputy Prime Minister and will act as prime minister while Albanese is in Japan. Katy Gallagher and Jim Chalmers were sworn into economic ministries. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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