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Gillard replaces Rudd, becomes Australia's 1st female PM

06-24-2010 08:07 BJT

CANBERRA, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Julia Gillard became first female prime minister of Australia Thursday, replacing Kevin Rudd, according to media reports.

Rudd stepped down as senior members of his Labor Party want him to quit and prefers Gillard to be his successor.

The change took place as the voters are increasingly dissatisfied with Rudd's policy ahead of parliamentary elections in October.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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