Australia has chosen centre-left Labor Party’s Anthony Albanese as its new Prime Minister through national elections conducted on Saturday. The 59-year old leader and the key members of his team will be sworn-in on Monday.
Albanese’s win means that his party defeated the ruling coalition led by Scott Morrison. Albanese, the Leader of Opposition since 2019, has been considered one of the most prominent voices of the party for a long time now.
Albanese, claiming the victory, has said that his government will implement changes in policies, especially with regard to climate change and carbon emission. “There will be some changes in policy, particularly with regard to climate change, and our engagement with the world on these issues,” he said.
Furthermore, Albanese said that he would be attending Tokyo summit talks, in which Australia, India, Japan, and the United States are meant to participate. This quad has united in concern over China’s growing military and economic clout.
Albanese also said that he would hold one-on-one talks with PM Narendra Modi, Japanese PM Fumio Kishida and President Joe Biden after the summit.