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Julia Gillard has replaced Kevin Rudd as Australia's new Prime Minister. She becomes the first female to take the top role after Rudd stood down as Labor Party leader.
Australia's outgoing prime minister, Kevin Rudd, and his successor Julia Gillard faced the media at Parliament House in Canberra.
Rudd burst into tears, thanking the Australian people for their trust. He also delivered an apology.
Gillard will now lead the government to elections, due within months.
Gillard stood unopposed at a vote of the Labor Party's 112 lawmakers.
Treasurer Wayne Swan becomes Gillard's deputy.
Rudd becomes the shortest-serving Australian prime minister since 1972.
His leadership started to fall apart after a string of poor opinion polls showed him losing ground over recent decisions to shelve a carbon-reduction scheme and impose a new mining tax.