Australia new has a new Prime Minister after Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in on Tuesday, a day after ousting longtime rival, Tony Abbot, in what could best be described as a party room coup.
His conservative Liberal Party colleagues voted 54-44 on Monday night to replace Abbot only two years after he was elected.
Malcolm Turnbull, an urbane former investment banker who supports marriage equality and action on climate change, has promised to focus on stability and improving a faltering economy as the public woke up to their fourth leader in two years.
Turnbull, a Rhodes Scholar who previously led the Australian Republican Movement, was sworn in by Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, the representative of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Australia’s head of state.
Turnbull’s Liberal Party and its junior coalition partner the National Party won a landslide election in 2013 but Abbott was jettisoned by his party after a series of perceived policy missteps and destabilising infighting.