Australia has a new Prime Minister.
Yesterday Australia elected Labour leader Anthony Albanese as prime minister, ousting Scott Morrison’s coalition.
Mr. Albanese told jubilant supporters that Australians had “voted for change”. However, it is still unclear whether he can secure a majority.
After he emerged to rapturous applause at Labor’s victory party in Sydney, Mr. Albanese said it was an “extraordinary honour” to lead the country.
Albanese vowed to bring people together, invest in social services and “end the climate wars”.
Former PM Scott Morrison thanked the “miracle of the Australian people” after conceding.
Mr. Albanese will start work straight away, flying to Tokyo on Monday for a summit with the leaders of Japan, India, and the US. As he will be representing Australia as its prime minister, he will be sworn into office on Sunday or Monday.
Albanese is one of Australia’s longest-serving politicians. He served briefly as deputy prime minister to Kevin Rudd in 2013 and has long been a favourite of his party’s left-wing.