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Rudd departure shakes Australian government - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

Australia's government faces a mounting crisis after Kevin Rudd, the country's foreign minister, said he was resigning from his post over a widening rift with Julia Gillard, the prime minister.

"The simple truth is that I cannot continue to serve as foreign minister if I don't have Prime Minister Gillard's support," Rudd told a news conference late on Tuesday in Washington, where he had earlier attended a meeting of G20 foreign ministers.

Gillard said she was disappointed by Rudd's resignation and planned to hold a press conference on Thursday.

"I am disappointed that the concerns Mr Rudd has publicly expressed this evening were never personally raised with me, nor did he contact me to discuss his resignation prior to his decision," Gillard said.

Speculation has been rife in Australia that Rudd is planning to reclaim the prime ministerial post almost two years since he was replaced by Gillard in June 2010 after losing the support of Labor Party leaders.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2012 at 02:52:16 PM EST
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She won't give Rudd any time to get his numbers.

Typical ruthless ALP politics.

Kevin Rudd Resigns | Julia Gillard Labor Leadership Challenge

The latest odds:

Labor Leadership vote - Monday, 27 February 2012:
$1.25   Julia Gillard    (in from $1.33)
$3.75   Kevin Rudd      (out from $3.15)

Australia's next Federal Election:
$1.30   Coalition         (steady)
$3.45   Labor               (steady)



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Feb 23rd, 2012 at 05:42:03 AM EST
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Who care about ALP, I think we should be like Belgium, no government and still OK ;-) but we will end up with the monk.
by fredouil (fredouil@gmailgmailgmail.com) on Thu Feb 23rd, 2012 at 10:03:25 AM EST
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