May 23, 2022, 03.06 PM

KOMPAS.com - Anthony Albanese of the Labor Party was sworn in as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister on Monday, May 23 after defeating Scott Morrison’s conservative coalition.

Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley swore in Albanese at Government House in Canberra. The Governor-General is the head of state Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in Australia.

“I am deeply honored to serve as Australia’s Prime Minister,” Albanese wrote on Twitter following the ceremony. “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.”

Also sworn in were the new minister for employment Richard Marles, Foreign Minister Penny Wong, Treasurer Jim Chalmers, and Finance Minister Katy Gallagher, who is also attorney general.

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Albanese and Wong are set to head to Tokyo to meet with the Quad leaders on Wednesday, May 25 with the swearing-in accelerated to facilitate their travel.

The Quad forum, officially called the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is a strategic security dialogue between Australia, India, Japan, and the United States.

Albanese said he spoke to US President Joe Biden on Sunday night and was looking forward to meeting him alongside the prime ministers of Japan and India on Tuesday, May 24.

“This visit aligns with what the Albanese Government sees as the three pillars of Australia’s foreign policy: our alliance with the United States, our engagement with the region, and our support for multilateral forums,” Australia’s new prime minister said in a statement.

Last month, the US and Australia raised concerns over China’s security pact with the Soloman Islands.

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