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Ex-premier Rudd to quit politics

Kevin Rudd is quitting politics after twice winning and losing the leadership of Australia's government during the past six years.

Mr Rudd first became prime minister after leading his centre-left Labor Party to an election victory in 2007. He was deposed in an internal power struggle in 2010 and then returned to the nation's leadership only months before a conservative coalition won power in September elections.

Mr Rudd told parliament he would quit his House of Representatives seat by the end of this week for family reasons. The 56-year-old surprised many commentators who had expected him to remain in politics to make a third bid for power after the next election due in 2016.

-AP

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