Australian Anthony Albanese secured an absolute majority in parliament, paving the way for the new prime minister to rule alone.
Mr Albanese became Australia’s 31st Prime Minister after his centre-left Labor Party defeated the Conservative coalition led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the May 21 election.
The 59-year-old politician’s party has won at least 77 of the 150 seats in the House so far with 80% of votes counted, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
This is the minimum number of seats required to form a majority government. The race was tight for Mr Albanese as two seats remained too close to call.
Addressing his first post-election Labor caucus on Tuesday, Mr Albanese became emotional and choked back tears as he urged his colleagues not to waste a day of their leadership because ‘the Australians trusted them’ and they have a “huge responsibility”.
“We have to change the way politics works in this country,” Albanese said. “We need to be more inclusive. We must be ready to reach out… [and] we can do it in this parliament”.
But despite the majority in the House of Representatives, the math remains different in the Senate, where Labor is likely to need help from other liberals to secure a majority and pass legislation.
Indeed, a third of Australians voted for the Greens and 12 independent MPs or other MPs from minor parties, meaning the 47th parliament will have a record of at least 16 MPs.
At the end of Tuesday, the two seats in contention were decided after Labor won the seat of Gilmore and the Liberals won the seat of Deakin.
Labor MP Fiona Phillips will retain the seat she first held in 2019, leaving the House of Representatives with a new head of 77 members.
The Liberals should keep Deakin, according to ABC. Incumbent Michael Sukkar had fought to retain Labor’s Matt Gregg for the seat.
“We had a good story to tell,” Mr. Albanese said. “We weren’t intimidated by anyone, we didn’t get distracted, we stayed the course and the discipline we showed was magnificent.”
He also welcomed colleagues who had won their first elections. “For these starters, you’ve really struck gold because the opposition is no fun. At all,” he said. He said Australia would join the global effort to fight against climate change “after nine lost years”.
The leader who was sworn in last week even as the vote count continued on Tuesday unveiled his cabinet, which he said has a record number of women than any other cabinet in the country’s history.
Mr Albanese announced his Muslim prime ministers in the country as he promised his new government ‘will be as inclusive as Australia itself’.
Richard Marles has taken on the role of deputy prime minister and defense minister while Penny Wong will be sworn in as foreign secretary, among other appointments.
The Prime Minister who flew to Tokyo for a summit with Quad joins US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his first tour as the Australian leader would fly out on Sunday to Indonesia for a three-day diplomatic visit. .