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Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as Australia’s PM for another term

Jul 19, 2016 15:12 IST

Malcolm TurnbullMalcolm Turnbull on 19 July 2016 was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Australia for another term.

Turnbull was sworn in after a narrow election victory with budget repair and a public vote on same sex marriage among his top priorities.

About 2016 Australian federal election

The 2016 Australian federal election was a double dissolution election.

It was held on 2 July 2016 to elect all 226 members of the 45th Parliament of Australia.

It was the first double dissolution election since the 1987 election.

In the first week of vote counting after the election, no party had won enough seats in the House of Representatives to form a government.

On 10 July 2016, Opposition leader Bill Shorten conceded defeat, acknowledging that the incumbent Coalition would certainly be able to form either a majority or minority government. Soon after, Malcolm Turnbull claimed victory.

The Liberal/National Coalition won a one-seat majority of 76 seats, Labor Party won 69 seats, while on the crossbench the Australian Greens, Nick Xenophon Team, Katter's Australian Party, and independents Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan won one seat each.

About Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Bligh Turnbull is the 29th and current Prime Minister of Australia.

He is the Leader of the Liberal Party.

He attended Sydney Grammar School.

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.

He then attended Brasenose College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where he attained a Bachelor of Civil Law.

He had attempted Liberal preselection at a 1981 by-election and later at the 2001 federal election.

He was first elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Wentworth in New South Wales at the 2004 federal election.

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