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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