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Anthony Albanese sworn in as Australia’s 31st prime minister

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Australia’s Labour Party leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in on Monday to become the country’s 31st prime minister following his victory in Saturday’s 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 Labour Party defeated 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 with leaders of the United States, Japan and India as well as their foreign ministers.

He will also join a Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the Quad) summit with the leaders Tuesday.

Marles will serve as the acting prime minister until Albanese’s return.

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