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Australia's prime minister makes few changes to new Cabinet

  • Malcolm Turnbull, left, is sworn in as Australia's prime minister by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at Government House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Australia's new cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, but the conservative government will have the slimmest of majorities when Parliament opens next month. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Malcolm Turnbull, left, is sworn in as Australia's prime minister by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at Government House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Australia's new cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, but the conservative government will have the slimmest of majorities when Parliament opens next month. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, right, and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash chat before being sworn in at Government House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Australia's new cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, but the conservative government will have the slimmest of majorities when Parliament opens next month. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, right, and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash chat before being sworn in at Government House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Australia's new cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, but the conservative government will have the slimmest of majorities when Parliament opens next month. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, front center, and Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, sixth right in front, pose with a newly sworn in government at Government House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Australia's new cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, but the conservative government will have the slimmest of majorities when Parliament opens next month. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, front center, and Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, sixth right in front, pose with a newly sworn in government at Government House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Australia's new cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, but the conservative government will have the slimmest of majorities when Parliament opens next month. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)  (The Associated Press)

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.