The world is reacting to Australia kicking out Scott Morrison and choosing Anthony Albanese as its 31st Prime Minister.
After Mr Morrison’s relationship with France turned frosty over the axing of the French submarine program for the AUKUS deal, the nation’s outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian didn’t hold back in rubbing it in.
“I can’t stop myself from saying that the defeat of Morrison suits me very well,” he said at a ceremony in Paris where he handed over to successor, Catherine Colonna.
He said he hoped France “can resume frank and constructive dialogue with Australia in the future” and also noted Mr Morrison’s conduct with the submarine deal “brutality and cynicism, and I would even be tempted to say of unequivocal incompetence”.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson meanwhile tweeted his congratulations to Mr Albanese.
“I look forward to working with you as we reap the rewards of our comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, the AUKUS partnership and the unmatched closeness between the British and Australian people,” he wrote.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she had spoken to Anthony Albanese before he gave his acceptance speech.
“I spoke to Anthony Albanese … as he was preparing to address his supporters. It was a warm conversation and I’m really looking forward to formally meeting with him soon,” she said in a statement.
“Anthony and I have had the chance to meet before and I have no doubt we’ll have a strong working relationship that will serve both countries well.
“Australia is our most important partner, our only official ally and single economic market relationship, and I believe our countries will work even more closely together in these tumultuous times.”
Ms Ardern said that she also wanted to acknowledge the “strong working relationship” she had with Mr Morrison.
“I would also like to acknowledge the strong working relationship I had with Scott Morrison. I am confident that the close and unique relationship between New Zealand and Australia will continue under Mr Albanese’s leadership,” she said.
“I hope to meet Prime Minister Albanese in the near future, and look forward to working with him on a range of issues including supporting New Zealanders living in Australia, making trans-Tasman business even easier, deepening our partnership with our close friends in the Pacific, and advancing our interests on the world stage.
“Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand are at our best when we work together; when we acknowledge our mutual interests, our shared values and the uniqueness of our perspectives; when we stand united as allies and whānau, recognising the strength in our diversity.