Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as new Australian Prime Minister

Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as new Australian Prime Minister

Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as new Australian Prime Minister

Written by Staff Writer

15 Sep, 2015 | 6:58 pm

Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister, after Tony Abbott was ousted by his party in a leadership challenge.

Turnbull, who was Communications Minister under Abbott, is the fourth Prime Minister since 2013.

Turnbull, a Rhodes Scholar who previously led the Australian Republican Movement, was sworn in by Cos-grove, the representative of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Australia’s head of state.

The Liberal Party voted in a secret ballot late and ousted Abbott as the leader of the senior party in a ruling conservative coalition in favor of Turnbull, a multi-millionaire former tech entrepreneur who is popular with the electorate.

Turnbull’s Liberal Party and its junior coalition partner the National Party won a landslide election in 2013 but Abbott was jettisoned by his party after a series of perceived policy missteps and destabilizing infighting.

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