File image of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, taken on 5 March 2013
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Kevin Rudd: 'I resume with humility and honour'

Kevin Rudd has ousted Prime Minister Julia Gillard as leader of Australia's Labor Party.

He won 57 votes in a leadership ballot of Labor MPs and senators called by Ms Gillard, who received 45 votes.

The change comes ahead of a general election due in September, which polls suggest Labor is set to lose.

Mr Rudd said: "In 2007 the Australian people elected me to be their prime minister and that is a task I resume today with humility, with honour and with an important sense of energy and purpose."

  • 26 Jun 2013
  • From the section Asia
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