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Former Australia PM Rudd quits politics

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd announced an end to his chequered political career Wednesday, quitting politics two months after being ousted from office by Tony Abbott. The charismatic 55-year-old Labor stalwart, who led Australia twice and was foreign minister in Julia Gillard's government, said he would leave parliament at the end of the week. "This has been the product of much soul-searching for us as a family over the last few months," he told parliament in an emotional evening speech in which he had to pause several times to compose himself.

Top Labor figure lashes out at 'bastard' Australia ex-PM

Australia's former attorney-general has launched a scathing attack on Labor colleague and ex-prime minister Kevin Rudd, calling him a rude and disorganised "bastard" who should quit parliament. Rudd, who lost national elections to Tony Abbott last month after ousting Julia Gillard as premier in June, has a reputation as a hot-tempered politician and Nicola Roxon did not mince her words in a speech on Wednesday evening.

Pressure builds on two-time Australian PM Rudd to quit

Pressure was building Tuesday on defeated Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to quit politics, with senior figures within his Labor Party saying he would be a destabilising influence. Rudd's popularity with the Australian public came crashing down on Saturday when he was soundly defeated by conservative Tony Abbott and he announced he would resign as Labor leader.

Rudd concedes defeat to Abbott in Australian elections

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday conceded defeat to conservative challenger Tony Abbott in Australian elections and said he will step down as Labor leader as voters punished the party for internal warfare. Some 100 minutes after the polls closed, Rudd mounted the stage in a function room at the Gabba cricket ground in Brisbane to wish his rival well in the "high strain" lifestyle that comes with the leadership. "A short time again I telephoned Tony Abbott to concede defeat at this national election," he said to cheering supporters.

Rudd to step down as Australia's Labor leader

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced he would step down as Labor leader after a heavy defeat to the conservatives in national elections Saturday following years of leadership ructions. "I will not be recontesting the leadership of the parliamentary Labor Party. The Australian people, I believe, deserve a fresh start with our leadership," Rudd said in his concession speech.

Abbott to lead Australia, Labor's Rudd to step down

Conservative challenger Tony Abbott declared Australia "under new management" Saturday after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd conceded election defeat and said he will step down as Labor leader. With 88 percent of the vote counted, the Australian Electoral Commission said his Liberal/National coalition was heading for a landslide win, leading in 89 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives, to Labor's 56.

Charismatic Rudd heading for defeat

Kevin Rudd, the charismatic prime minister once deposed by his own party, has never given up hope of capping an extraordinary political comeback with a second election victory, but he faces an uphill battle. Rudd, 55, has campaigned hard for centre-left Labor to win on Saturday, having seemingly forgiven the party for cutting him down mid-term in 2010 -- a fate that reduced him to tears and stunned the nation.

Kevin Rudd: Charismatic leader hoping for second chance

Kevin Rudd, the charismatic and popular prime minister once deposed by his own party, has never given up hope of capping an extraordinary political comeback with a second election victory. Rudd, 55, has campaigned hard for centre-left Labor to win on Saturday, having seemingly forgiven the party for cutting him down mid-term in 2010 -- a fate which reduced him to tears and stunned the nation.

Australian PM questions opponent's worldly credentials

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Wednesday attacked election rival Tony Abbott's suitability to be a world leader handling complex international crises, 10 days ahead of national elections. Labor's Rudd, a former foreign minister who is trailing his conservative opponent in the run-up to September 7 polls, gave a scathing assessment of Abbott's ability to deal with difficult diplomatic issues such as Syria.

Australian PM questions opponent's worldly credentials

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Wednesday attacked election rival Tony Abbott's suitability to be a world leader handling complex international crises, 10 days ahead of national elections. Labor's Rudd, a former foreign minister who is trailing his conservative opponent in the run-up to September 7 polls, gave a scathing assessment of Abbott's ability to deal with difficult diplomatic issues such as Syria.
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