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Australia's new PM sworn in ahead of Quad meeting

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Anthony Albanese was sworn in as Australia’s next prime minister together with key members of his political team Monday even as votes still get counted for a handful of key seats and his Labor party remains short of a majority.

The rather unusual arrangement has come about as the Quad, which brings together the US, Japan, India, and Australia on matters of security, meets in Tokyo the very next day.

Albanese, 59, wants to represent the country and renew ties with the leaders as the new prime minister.

He will be joined in Tokyo by close ally Penny Wong, who was appointed foreign minister while Labor’s Deputy Leader Richard Marles becomes deputy prime minister. As Albanese wants the economic team to start work on Monday, Jim Chalmers was named treasurer and Katy Gallagher takes the finance ministry portfolio.
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