Anthony Albanese sworn in as Australia’s 31st PM

CANBERRA, May 23: Anthony Albanese, leader of Australia’s Labor Party, was sworn in on Monday as the country’s 31st Prime Minister following his victory in the May 21 federal election.

Albanese, joined by members of his leadership team, on Monday morning visited the Government House in Canberra where Governor-General David Hurley officially swore him in as the Prime Minister.

Albanese’s Labor Party defeated former Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his coalition in the federal election, ending the coalition’s hold on power for nearly nine years.

Richard Marles was sworn in as the Minister for Employment and Deputy Prime Minister, Penny Wong as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jim Chalmers as the Treasurer and Katy Gallagher as the Minister for Finance and Minister for Women and Attorney-General.

Albanese fast-tracked the swearing-in ceremony to allow himself and Wong to fly to Tokyo later on Monday to meet the leaders of the US, Japan and India as well as their foreign ministers, and join the Quad) summit with on Tuesday.

In a statement, Albanese said: “The Quad Leaders’ Summit brings together four leaders of great liberal democracies – Australia, Japan, India, and the United States of America – in support of a free, open and resilient Indo-Pacific.”

Marles will serve as the Acting Prime Minister until Albanese’s return.

This is Australia’s first Labor government in almost a decade.

The party has won 72 lower house seats but counting continues to determine whether they can get the 76 needed to form a majority.

Anthony Albanese no stranger to India, says Australian high commissioner Barry O’ Farrell.

Taking to Twitter, the high commissioner said that the Labor Party leader had travelled to New Delhi as a backpacker in 1991 and led a parliamentary delegation in 2018.

“Australia’s Prime Minister-elect @AlboMP is no stranger to India having travelled the country as a backpacker in 1991 and led a parliamentary delegation in 2018. During the campaign, he committed to deepen India-Australia economic, strategic and people-to-people links,” he said.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday night projected Labor will form a government for the first time since 2013, with Anthony Albanese to become the country’s 31st Prime Minister.

Anthony Albanese thanked people for voting for him. “Thank you, Australia,” he Tweeted. “Tonight, the Australian people have voted for change,” he added.
The result marks an end to the coalition’s nearly-nine-year hold on power and Morrison’s tenure as Prime Minister. Morrison became prime minister in 2018.

(IANS)