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Kevin Rudd sworn in as Australian prime minister

Xinhua)  09:09, June 27, 2013  

Newly elected Australian ruling Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd (L) and deputy leader Anthony Albanese address the media after winning in Labor party caucus ballot at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, June 26, 2013. Kevin Rudd was sworn in as prime minister of Australia on June 27 following his victory in a ruling Labor party caucus ballot the evening before. (Xinhua/Justin Qian)

CANBERRA, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as prime minister of Australia on Thursday following his victory in a ruling Labor party caucus ballot the evening before.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce, acting on the advice from the solicitor-general, swore in Rudd in a brief ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Thursday.

Bryce wished him well in serving the people of Australia and Rudd replied "I will do my absolute best."

This is Rudd's second time as Labor prime minister after he was overthrown by his then deputy Julia Gillard on June 24, 2010.

Also sworn in on Thursday were Anthony Albanese and Chris Bowen, two key Rudd supporters in the Labor party, as deputy prime minister and treasurer respectively.

Rudd is expected to announce more of his cabinet lineup in the following days as some key cabinet members quit after then Prime Minister Gillard lost to Rudd in the caucus ballot by a 12 vote margin.

Among those who have resigned from the cabinet are Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan, Minister for Trade Craig Emerson, Minister for Communications Stephen Conroy and Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig.

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(Editor:LiangJun、Zhang Qian)


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