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Opposition leader Campbell Newman sworn in as Queensland Premie


15:41, March 26, 2012

BRISBANE, Australia, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Australia's Queensland Liberal National Party (LNP) Leader Campbell Newman has been sworn in as Queensland's 38th premier after leading the party to victory over Labor in Saturday's state election, local media reported on Monday.

Newman was formally sworn in as Queensland Premier by Governor Penelope Wensley at Government House in Brisbane on Monday, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

Jeff Seeney was sworn in as deputy premier and minister for reconstruction, state development, trade and agriculture and Tim Nicholls was sworn in as treasurer and minister for finance and natural resources.

The trio will form the LNP's interim cabinet until ministers are decided and sworn in.

The LNP won a massive victory in Saturday's state election and is on a track to hold 78 seats in the 89-seat parliament, with Labor reduced to as few as seven.

"It's a very exciting day, fantastic," Newman told reporters in Brisbane on Monday.

"It's surreal and a great honor to serve the people of Queensland."

The LNP will hold its first party meeting in Brisbane on Wednesday.


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