POLITICS
05/09/2019 11:56 EDT | Updated 05/09/2019 11:56 EDT

Dennis King Officially Sworn In As P.E.I. Premier

He took the pary's reins only three months ago.

The Canadian Press
P.E.I. Progressive Conservative leader Dennis King, accompanied by his wife Jana Hemphill, right, addresses supporters after winning the provincial election in Charlottetown on April 23, 2019.

GEORGETOWN, P.E.I. — Dennis King has been sworn in as premier of Prince Edward Island.

The Tory leader and his new eight member cabinet were sworn in today by Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry during a ceremony held at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown, P.E.I.

King, the Island's 33rd premier, also assumes ministerial responsibilities for Intergovernmental Affairs, Indigenous Relations, and Acadian and Francophone Affairs.

King says the success of the province during his minority government's mandate will be judged by the level of commitment of all three parties to work together.

The Tories won 12 seats in the April 23 election, while the Green party won eight and the Liberals six, creating the first minority outcome in a P.E.I. election since 1890.

King, a former political staffer and communications consultant, was chosen to lead the Tories only three months ago.