Kevin Rudd returns as Australia PM

  • Kevin Rudd was reinstated as Australia’s prime minister after ousting Julia Gillard from the post on Wednesday.

    His return comes exactly three years after Rudd himself was deposed by Gillard, his former deputy.

    Rudd returned as leader in a bid to boost support for the ruling Labor Party ahead of elections on September 14.

    The change in leadership comes after opinion polls suggested Gillard's minority government could lose upto 35 seats, resulting in a majority for the conservative opposition in the 150-member parliament.

    "In 2007, the Australian people elected me to be their prime minister. That is a task that I resume today with humility, with honor and with an important sense of energy and purpose. In recent years politics has failed the Australian people. There's just been too much negativity all around, there's been an erosion of trust. Negative, destructive personal politics has done much to bring dishonor to our parliament but done nothing to address the urgent challenges facing our nation," Rudd said.

    Several ministers including Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan, Education Minister Peter Garrett, Trade Minister Craig Emerson and Climate Minister Greg Combet resigned from their positions following Rudd’s reinstatement. Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has been named Rudd's deputy.

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