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Australia's Julia Gillard calls Labor leadership ballot

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a ballot for the leadership of the Labor Party amid a bitter tussle with Kevin Rudd.

The move comes hours after Mr Rudd, who was ousted as PM by Ms Gillard in 2010, resigned as foreign minister.

Ms Gillard said she would "go to the backbench" and renounce future bids for the leadership if she failed, and called on him to do the same.

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy reports.

  • 23 Feb 2012
  • From the section Asia
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