Australia

Gillard wins


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Former prime minister and foreign minister Kevin Rudd has lost in his bid to unseat Julia Gillard as the Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader and prime minister.

Ms Gillard won by a convincing 71 votes to Kevin Rudd’s 31 votes. Mr Rudd said that he would not initiate another leadership challenge, but did not rule out standing again if nominated by others.

The defeat means that there will not be an early general election, which was a possibility had Kevin Rudd won the contest. Instead the government will continue to govern as a minority government with the support of independents.

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