Anthony Albanese sworn in as 31st Prime Minister of Australia
On Monday, The first ‘non-Anglo Celtic’ Labour Party leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as the 31st Prime Minister of Australia at Government House in Canberra. He was sworn in along with Richard Marles (Deputy PM) and Malaysian-born Penny Wong, Australia’s first Foreign Minister to be born overseas.
After taking office, Albanese headed to Japan to attend the QUAD summit, which is scheduled to take place on May 24 in Tokyo. In Tokyo, the newly-elected Australian PM will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, and Japanese counterparts Fumio Kishida to discuss issues of mutual interest.
After winning the election, Albanese had said that the Tokyo summit was “an absolute priority for Australia and an opportunity to send a message to the world”. He further added that partners overseas can expect wholesale changes “, particularly with regard to climate change and our engagement with the world on those issues”.
Albanese tweeted, “I am deeply honoured to serve as Australia’s Prime Minister. As Prime Minister, I want to bring people together and lead a government that is as courageous, hard-working and caring as the Australian people. That work starts today.”
I am deeply honoured to serve as Australia’s Prime Minister.
As Prime Minister, I want to bring people together and lead a government that is as courageous, hard-working and caring as the Australian people.
That work starts today. pic.twitter.com/qhu8JxHx2g
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) May 22, 2022
“I want to lead a government that has the same sentiment of optimism and hope that I think defines the Australian people,” Mr. Albanese said in his hometown of Sydney before flying to the national capital Canberra to be sworn in.
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