Canberra, July 19: Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as the prime minister of Australia on Tuesday (July 19) for the second term following a narrow election victory on July 2. Turnbull's Liberal/National coalition got 76 seats and had potentially one more in the 150-seat House of Representatives, the AFP said.
The victory for the multi-millionaire former banker, however, was not very convincing and questions were being raised over whether he could govern successfully.
The 62-year-old was sworn in at the Government House in Canberra by Governor General Peter Cosgrove, the representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Australia and continued with the same team of ministers with which he went to the election.
"We are committed to three years of strong, stable economic leadership so we can provide both the economic security and the national security that Australians expect and deserve," Turnbull had said on Monday ahead of his swearing in ceremony, the PTI reported.
"We will be judged in 2019 by the Australian people as to whether we have delivered on the plans and the programs and the investments that we have promised and set out and described in the lead up to the election."
"My team will now get on with the job of governing - constructively working and engaging with the other parties in the Parliament, to deliver a strong and secure future - the strong economic leadership that Australians expect and will get from my government," he said, as per the PTI.
[With PTI inputs]