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Australian PM announces engagement

By AFP

February 15, 2024 11:19 AM


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Australia's prime minister, Anthony Albanese, revealed in a romantic tweet Thursday his engagement to girlfriend Jodie Haydon.

"She said yes," the 60-year-old Albanese posted to social media platform X, alongside a love-heart emoji.

Beneath the announcement, he posted a selfie, reportedly taken on Valentine's Day, of the pair smiling into the lens.

Haydon is dressed in emerald green and has her hand resting on his chest, an engagement ring visible on her finger.

The prime minister, in a light-blue collared shirt, is beaming.

Albanese, who met Haydon at a Melbourne business dinner in 2020, is the first Australian prime minister to get engaged while in office, public broadcaster ABC reported.

"Love is a beautiful thing. I'm so happy for you both!" Foreign Minister Penny Wong posted.

https://twitter.com/AlboMP/status/1757884255643033715

Congratulations quickly flooded in from others including Australian politicians and English celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.

A smattering of online critics suggested Albanese was trying to distract from pressing issues including the war in Gaza.

Albanese, nicknamed Albo, joined the centre-left Labor Party while in high school and later became deeply involved in the bruising world of student politics at the University of Sydney

He was sworn in as prime minister in May 2022.

The Australian leader was elected to parliament in 1996, and in his first speech thanked his mother, Maryanne Ellery, for raising him in tough circumstances.

The pair lived in public housing in Sydney during Albanese's childhood and his single mother often struggled to make ends meet.


AFP


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