albanese: Albanese sworn in as prime minister in Australia ahead of Tokyo summit

CANBERRA: Australia’s new prime minister was sworn in Monday ahead of a summit in Tokyo with President Joe Biden as the vote count continued to determine whether he will control a majority in a parliament demanding tougher action on climate change.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s centre-left Labor Party ousted predecessor Scott Morrison’s Conservative coalition in 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 sense 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 prime ministerial candidate with a “non-Anglo-Celtic name”, and Malaysian-born Penny Wong, Australia’s first foreign-born foreign minister, took office for Governor General David. Hurley before the pair flew to Tokyo for a security summit Tuesday with Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Biden called Albanese to congratulate him on his electoral victory and express the president’s desire to strengthen the alliance of the countries, the White House said.
Morrison’s decision to resign as prime minister during the early vote count allowed Hurley, who represents Australia’s head of state, British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, to appoint his replacement without evidence that Albanese can control the election. most seats in the lower house of parliament where governments are formed. .
Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles was also sworn in and will serve as Prime Minister while Albanese is in Japan. Katy Gallagher and Jim Chalmers were sworn in at the economic ministries.
Labor appears secure with 75 seats, one short of the majority in the 151-seat House of Representatives needed to form an administration. The Conservative coalition was on track for 58, non-aligned lawmakers 12 and six seats were too close to call, the Australian Electoral Commission said.
Australia’s two main parties, Labor and the conservative Liberal Party, ceded votes to independent and fringe parties in Saturday’s election, continuing a trend of discontent with the political establishment.
Terri Butler, who would have been the environment minister in the new government, was replaced by Max Chandler-Mather of the climate-focused Greens party, who now has at least three seats in the chamber, two more than in the previous parliament. .
Former New South Wales state Premier Kristina Keneally’s bid to move from the Senate to the House in what was seen as a safe Labor seat in Sydney was defeated by Vietnam-born independent candidate Dai Le, who he became the first refugee elected to parliament.
Greens leader Adam Bandt supported a minority Labor government from 2010 until his 2013 electoral defeat and was prepared to negotiate again with the Albanians.
Albanese had been the government’s chief negotiator with his outside supporters in the chamber for those three years and was praised for his collegial approach.
“The Liberal and Labor vote was reversed in this election. Labor may get over the line with a majority and they may not, but their vote went back,” Bandt said.
“The Greens and the independents said we need to take action on coal and gas, which are the main causes of the climate crisis and people agree,” Bandt added, referring to Australia’s top fossil fuel exports.
“It’s the end of the two-party system as we know it,” he said.
The previous Conservative government lost six traditionally safe seats to so-called teal independents, greener versions of the Liberal Party’s color blue.
The teals want a more ambitious target than Labour’s promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions 43% below the 2005 level by the end of the decade.
The previous government had met the same commitment it made in the Paris Agreement in 2015: 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030.
The Greens’ target for 2030 is 75%.

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