Votes are still being counted, but Albanese has been sworn in to attend a key Quad meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Australian Labor leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as the country’s 31st prime minister on Monday, vowing a “journey of change” as he pledged to tackle climate change, rising living costs and inequality.
The Labor Party is returning to power after nine years in opposition as an unprecedented wave of support for the Greens and independent, climate-focused, mostly women, that helped end almost a decade of Conservative coalition rule in Saturday’s general election.
Although the votes are still being counted and the composition of the government has not yet been finalized, Albanez has been sworn in so he can attend a key meeting of the Quad security group in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Albanese, who was raised in a public residence by an unmarried mother with a disability pension, was sworn in by Governor-General David Hurley at a ceremony in the national capital, Canberra.
“It’s a big day in my life, but a big day for the country, when we change government,” Albanese told reporters outside his Sydney suburban home before the ceremony. “I want to channel the opportunity we have to shape change so that we can bring people with us on the journey of change. I want to unite the country. “
Australian financial markets reacted silently to the election verdict on Monday, with the result that it has already been priced and no radical change in the economic course is expected.
“Our financial forecasts and we call it [Reserve Bank of Australia] “They remain unchanged despite the change in national leadership,” said economists at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Working class credentials
Labor Deputy Leader Richard Marles and three top ministers – Penny Wong in foreign affairs, Jim Chalmers as treasurer and Katie Gallagher in finance – were also sworn in, with Wong traveling with Alban Tevez.
Albanese said he spoke with US President Joe Biden on Sunday night and was looking forward to meeting him with the prime ministers of Japan and India on Tuesday. He will return to Australia on Wednesday.
“This visit is in line with what the Albanian government considers to be the three pillars of Australia’s foreign policy: our alliance with the United States, our commitment to the region and our support for a multilateral forum,” Albanez said in a statement.
The Labor campaign has largely highlighted the credentials of the Albanian working class and its image as a realistic unifier.
The center-left Labor still remains four seats below the 76-seat majority in the 151-seat lower house, with about a dozen races too close to call, according to TV channels. Some predicted that the Labor Party could get enough seats to govern on its own.
The official results may be several days away, with a record 2.7 million postal votes counted on Sunday.