CANBERRA, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been admitted to hospital in Brisbane and will undergo an operation to remove his gall bladder on Friday.
A spokeswoman for Rudd, who is running for the Brisbane seat of Griffith in the August 21 federal election, said the former Labor leader had experienced acute abdominal pain on Thursday. He underwent a series of medical tests on Thursday night and Friday morning.
"Based on specialist advice, he was admitted to the Mater Private Hospital around lunch time today," the spokeswoman told the Australian Associated Press.
"Rudd will have an operation to remove his gall bladder later today."
Rudd's doctors had advised he was likely to be in hospital for a couple of days before being allowed home.
"Rudd looks forward to resuming campaign activities next week both in his own electorate, elsewhere in Queensland and the rest of the country as appropriate in support of the re-election of the government and Prime Minister (Julia) Gillard," the spokeswoman said.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaking in Perth wished him well and a speedy recovery, adding that she understood Rudd looked forward to joining Labor's campaign efforts in Queensland and other states when he recovered.
The electoral commission on Friday formally declared Rudd a candidate in Griffith of Queensland. Rudd drew the last position on the ballot paper.