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Carwyn Jones sworn in as new Welsh first minister

Carwyn Jones replaces Rhodri Morgan, who held Wales' top job for almost 10 years

By Adrian Browne
BBC Wales political reporter

Carwyn Jones has been sworn in as first minister of Wales and started the task of appointing a cabinet.

The ceremony was administered by a senior judge at the Welsh Assembly Government offices in central Cardiff.

Mr Jones said he looked forward to fulfilling the coalition agreement with Plaid Cymru which he inherited from his predecessor Rhodri Morgan.

He is expected to announce his cabinet over the next few days, after submitting the names to the Queen.

Assembly Members nominated him to succeed Mr Morgan on Wednesday after he was elected Welsh Labour leader last week.

Carwyn Jones takes the oath, watched by Mr Justice Nigel Davis
We know a lot of work has been done with the [Labour-Plaid coalition] One Wales government and I look forward very much to continue to fulfil the commitments that are in the agreement
First Minister Carwyn Jones, pictured taking the oath of office, watched by Mr Justice Nigel Davis

Mr Jones swore the oath of office on a Welsh Bible, with the most senior presiding judge on the Welsh circuit, Mr Justice Nigel Davis, in charge of proceedings.

Plaid leader Ieuan Wyn Jones, who will retain his position as deputy first minister and the minister responsible for the economy and transport, later appeared with Carwyn Jones on the steps of the offices in Cathays Park.

Radical revamp

Mr Jones said: "We know a lot of work has been done with the [Labour-Plaid coalition] One Wales government and I look forward very much to continue to fulfil the commitments that are in the agreement, particularly, of course, the good work that has been done in taking the referendum forward".

There has been some speculation that Mr Jones is planning a radical revamp of the cabinet, rather than simply replacing a small number of ministers.

His campaign manager in the Labour leadership contest, Deputy Regeneration Minister Leighton Andrews, the Rhondda AM, is widely expected to be rewarded with a seat at the top table.

Keen supporter

Backbench Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths, a keen supporter of Mr Jones, has also been tipped to join the government.

Deputy Skills Minister and Newport East AM John Griffiths, Labour chief whip and Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sergeant, and Mid and West Wales AM Alun Davies could also receive a welcome phone call from Mr Jones.

Education Minister Jane Hutt, Finance Minister Andrew Davies and Social Justice and Local Government Minister Brian Gibbons are senior figures who could depart in a new-look cabinet.

Both Mr Davies and Dr Gibbons are to step down as AMs at the next election in 2011.



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