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Kevin Rudd quits as Australian Foreign Minister

02-22-2012 16:25 BJT

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Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has unexpectedly resigned his ministry, saying he no longer has the support of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The former prime minister called a late-night press conference in Washington DC to announce his decision.

He says the refusal of Julia Gillard to repudiate criticisms by Simon Crean and other Labor figures means he does not feel he has the Prime Minster’s support.

While Mr Rudd did not say he would challenge her for the leadership, he said he would consult with his family and community before making an announcement about his future before Parliament returns of next week.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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