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Kevin Rudd ousts Australia PM Julia Gillard

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Kevin Rudd has ousted Prime Minister Julia Gillard as leader of Australia's Labor Party. He won 57 votes in a leadership ballot called by Ms Gillard, who received 45 votes.

The change comes ahead of an election called for 14 September, which polls suggest Labor is set to lose.

Mr Rudd is more popular with voters than Ms Gillard, and many believe Labor will perform better in the election under him.

The vote took place three years after Ms Gillard ousted Mr Rudd as prime minister in 2010.

Ms Gillard had said ahead of the vote she would step down from politics if she lost the ballot.

The vote followed months of speculation over the party's leadership and came after a day of drama that saw Mr Rudd's supporters push for a vote.
Shortly before the vote, a key power-broker, Bill Shorten, switched his support to Mr Rudd, saying Labor stood a better chance in the polls with him.
The BBC's Nick Bryant in Sydney says the Labor party wants to hold power and the best way they see of doing that is to restore Kevin Rudd to leadership.
Many people do not think he will win the forthcoming election but he may mitigate the losses and shorten the time they could spend in opposition if they lose, our correspondent says.

The vote makes Mr Rudd the leader of the Labor Party, but not prime minister.

Ms Gillard must write to Governor-General Quentin Bryce stating that she is resigning as prime minister before Mr Rudd can be sworn in.(BBC)
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  • RamUK Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:35 AM

    welcome back K Rudd hope we can continue where we left.....thanks for every one helped to lobby

    MirakRajBanda Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:49 AM

    Good for Ms. Gillard and good for Australia. Kevin has a vision and mission that Ms. Gillard hardly ever possessed such qualities.

    Ceylonese Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:46 AM

    It was a peaceful transition from Gillard to Rudd since Rudd has more support from voters than Gillard to win the forthcoming elections for the Labor Party in the interest of the ruling party. This could happen only in a democracy.

    Jude Fernando Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:12 AM

    Julia Gillard: Admired abroad, vilified at home

    ANTON Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:24 AM

    HOW DOES THAT AFFECT SRILANKA, ANY PRICE REDUCTION ?

    Isi Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:33 AM

    What a joke leadership changes within the same party back and forth not once or twice but 3 times in a term. If this happened in Sri Lanka everyone will make them a laughing stock.

    Abort will be under real pressure to win the election now.

    conty Friday, 28 June 2013 09:19 AM

    No, infact an increase for those unwanted visitors who create trouble in S/L from Australia, by that I mean the "queue jumpers"

    Psephologist Friday, 28 June 2013 05:53 AM

    The UNP should follow the Australian Labor Party and get the Parliamentary Caucus to elect the leader and NOT the working Committee!

    nalaka Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:37 AM

    dream onn dude

    Surasena Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:37 AM

    Julia gets rude(Rudd) shock.

    renu Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:18 PM

    It is time Gillard gave away the PM position as she first must be popular among the Members to hold this post. Konowing her too well she will not give it up

    renu Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:21 PM

    It would be tony Abort who will win the Election though conservatives and he will decide whether to attend CHOGAM or not as his foriegn policy is different ands he will support Canada in their move


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