Australia has a new Prime Minister to succeed Mr Scott Morrison – Labour

Mr Albanese will become Australia’s 31st Prime Minister, ending the nine-year rule of the ruling Liberal-National coalition. The scene at Labor Party headquarters in Sydney was a “festival” after the party won its fourth opposition victory since the Second World War.

After polls ended, Mr Morrison was seen removing his suit and wearing casual clothes as he spoke to colleagues at Kirribilli House in Sydney. Meanwhile, a makeup artist entered Mr Albanese’s home in Marrickville, west of Sydney.

Australia has a new Prime Minister to succeed Scott Morrison - Photo 1.

The Daily Mail reports that Mr Albanese will become Australia’s 31st Prime Minister. Photo: AP

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Australian Labor Party supporters cheer after Mr Albanese’s victory. Photo: Reuters

Mr Morrison had hoped to win the ruling Liberal-National coalition for a fourth straight term. High inflation and the rising cost of living are key issues for the Australian government to address. In particular, Australia’s inflation hit a 20-year high in April 2022, with the consumer price index rising 5.1% compared to the same period last year.

Australians will elect a new government and prime minister on May 21 after a six-week campaign centered on inflation, climate change and concerns that China could establish a military outpost less than 2,000 kilometers from Australia’s coast. According to the Reuters news agency, almost 6 million of the 17 million voters cast their ballots by mail or voted early.

Incumbent Prime Minister Morrison of the ruling Liberal-National coalition wants to lead the country for another three years after successfully containing the spread of Covid-19 in the first year of the outbreak. Mr Morrison’s biggest rival is Labor leader Albanese.

Pham Nghia