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Albanese sworn in as Oz PM

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (AP) – Australia’s new prime minister was sworn in yesterday and flew to Tokyo for a summit with United States (US) President Joe Biden while vote counting continued to determine whether he will control a majority in a Parliament that is demanding tougher action on climate change.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s centre-left Labor Party ousted predecessor Scott Morrison ‘s conservative coalition at Saturday’s election.

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, were sworn into office by Governor-General David Hurley before the pair flew to Tokyo for a security summit today with US President Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.