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Who is Anthony Albanese, Australia's new prime minister?

Raised by a single mom, 59-year-old is set to make diplomatic debut in Tokyo on Tuesday

Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese during the second leaders' debate of the 2022 federal election campaign at the Nine studio in Sydney on May 8.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- A man born to a single mother was on Monday sworn in as Australia's prime minister after victory in Saturday's federal election.

Anthony Albanese, 59, was raised in public housing in a working-class Sydney suburb by his mother on a disability pension. He was born after a fling between his mom, an Australian of Irish heritage, and his Italian father on a voyage from Sydney to Southampton, England. His parents went their separate ways, and Albanese was in his 40s when he tracked down and met his father for the first time in 2009.

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