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Jul 18, 2:40 AM EDT

Australia's prime minister makes few changes to new Cabinet

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced only minor changes to his new Cabinet after two of his key ministers lost their seats in elections this month.

Turnbull on Monday resisted pressure from the hard-right element of his conservative Liberal Party to make former Prime Minister Tony Abbott a minister in the Cabinet that will be sworn in on Tuesday.

The Nationals, the government's junior coalition partner, were rewarded for a relatively strong performance in the July 2 elections with an additional Cabinet minister and two new assistant ministers.

The government will have a bare majority of at least 76 seats in the 150-seat House, where parties with a majority form government.

The government might have a 77th seat once counting is finalized.

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