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Australian prime minister Julia Gillard plays down fears of mutiny

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard said she still has enough support to lead the government despite growing speculation that foreign minister Kevin Rudd plans to seize power.

Ms Gillard came to power in an internal coup within her Labour Party that ousted Mr Rudd in June 2010. She became only the third prime minister since the Second World War to gain power in this way.

Speculation is mounting that Rudd supporters plan to restore him to power through a ballot of Labour parliamentarians next week.

But Ms Gillard said that Mr Rudd does not have enough support to successfully challenge.

Mr Rudd is in the United States and has repeatedly denied he plans to challenge Ms Gillard for the party leadership.


From Belfast Telegraph