22 Feb '12, 7am

Australia's FM Kevin Rudd resigns

Australia's FM Kevin Rudd resigns

SYDNEY: Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd resigned on Wednesday, saying he was unable to continue without Prime Minister Julia Gillard's support, paving the way for a challenge to her leadership. In a dramatic late-night resignation speech from Washington, Rudd said the only honourable course of action was for him to step down, as reports circulated in Australia that Gillard was preparing to sack him. "The simple truth is that I cannot continue to serve as foreign minister if I don't have Prime Minister Gillard's support," he told reporters at a press conference broadcast live in Australia. Australia's Labor government has been torn by speculation about whether Rudd, who Gillard suddenly ousted as a prime minister in mid-2010 but who remains hugely popular with voters, would mount a bid to return to the top job. The globe-trotting diplomat said he would touch down in...

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