Julia Gillard to quit as Australia's Prime Minister after losing leadership ballot to Kevin Rudd
Julia Gillard is to quit as Australian Prime Minister and retire from politics after losing a leadership ballot to her rival Kevin Rudd.
Gillard lost the vote 57-45, giving Rudd a majority of 12,
Supporters of former leader Kevin Rudd begun moves to try to oust Gillard less than three months before scheduled September elections, in a last-ditch move to try to turn around opinion polls showing the party on track for a massive defeat.
Gillard said she would retire from politics if she lost the vote and called on anyone contesting the leadership to do the same.
Belfast Telegraph Digital