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Gillard sworn-in as Australian prime minister

By the CNN Wire Staff
Prime Minister Julia Gillard takes part in the swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard takes part in the swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Among the ministers in her Cabinet is the man she overthrew
  • Gillard toppled Rudd during a Labor party power struggle
  • Labor has a slim majority in parliament
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(CNN) -- Julia Gillard was sworn in Tuesday as Australia's first elected female prime minister.

"I, Julia Eileen Gillard, do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will well and truly serve the Commonwealth of Australia, her land and her people in the office of prime minister," she said, as she accepted the oath of office from Governor General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra.

Two independent lawmakers from rural Australia broke a parliamentary deadlock last week, paving the way for Gillard to formally return to office.

Among the ministers who will serve in her Cabinet is the man she overthrew in June: Kevin Rudd as foreign affairs minister.

Gillard, who was Rudd's deputy prime minister, toppled him from the top job during a power struggle within the Labor government. At the time, Rudd's popularity had tumbled.

Soon after, Gillard called an election for August -- the outcome of which was decided last week when the support of two independent members of parliament enabled Labor to retain government with a 76-74 majority.