Morrison sworn in as Australia’s new PM

Scott Morrison was on Friday sworn in as Australia’s seventh Prime Minister in 11 years, after a stunning party revolt against Malcolm Turnbull, which the new leader admitted had left the government “bruised and battered”. Former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, an ex-police officer and right-winger, was the driving force behind the move to oust Mr. Turnbull after a Liberal Party backlash against his more moderate policies. But after a torrid week of political maneuvring in Canberra, it was Mr. Morrison, a Turnbull ally who served as Treasurer, who won a party vote 45-40. He was officially sworn in at a ceremony in the capital. Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg — who was elected as the deputy Liberal leader — was sworn in as Treasurer. Mr. Morrison replaced a man who became the latest in a long line of leaders knifed in the back by ambitious colleagues. The fresh outbreak of political instability was met with renewed public disgust towards the political class. Mr. Morrison admitted that the extraordinary scenes in the nation’s capital had taken a heavy toll on Parliament and the Liberal Party. “Our job… is to ensure that we not only bring our party back together, which has been bruised and battered this week, but to ensure we bring Parliament back together, that we can continue to work to ensure that our country stays close together.”

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