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New Australian PM Rudd urges 'gentler' politics

Kevin Rudd called for a "kinder, gentler" approach to politics Thursday after being sworn in as Australia's new prime minister almost three years to the day since he was ruthlessly ousted from the job by Julia Gillard. The 55-year-old sealed his dramatic return after a leadership ballot on Wednesday, in which Gillard, the country's first female premier, was deposed in a party-room vote and announced her retirement from politics.

Rudd sworn in as Australian PM after overthrowing Gillard

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister for the second time on Thursday, a day after toppling Julia Gillard and three months ahead of elections in which opinion polls show the ruling Labor Party faces a devastating defeat. Rudd's return as prime minister follows three years of squabbling within the Labor leadership and as the world's 12th largest economy faces challenges stemming from a slowdown in top trade partner China.

Rudd boomerang opens up Australian election

The stunning return to power of Kevin Rudd has thrown open upcoming Australian elections the conservative opposition was so long tipped to win at a canter. With the resurrection of the 2007 general election victor, the Labor Party hopes to have given itself a fighting chance for 2013, if the pundits are to be believed. Polls had consistently tipped Rudd to increase Labor's vote by up to a third or more if he returned to the leadership. And the first post-return survey duly reported an immediate swing to the Labor Party.

Kevin Rudd: A volatile but polished politician

A charismatic but hot-tempered politician with an ear for the zeitgeist, the prodigal son of Australian politics Kevin Rudd sealed his remarkable resurrection as leader Thursday, pleading with the public to renew the faith. Rudd, 55, was sworn in as Australia's 28th prime minister at Government House, capping a dramatic 24 hours in the nation's politics with echoes of his own demise in similar circumstances three years and three days ago.

Rudd sworn in as Australian prime minister

Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister on Thursday, a day after toppling the country's first female leader Julia Gillard and nearly three years after being ousted from the same job. Rudd, along with his new deputy Anthony Albanese and new treasurer Chris Bowen, were officially sworn in by Governor General Quentin Bryce in the country's capital Canberra early Thursday morning.

Rudd sworn in as Australia's new prime minister

Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australia's new prime minister Thursday almost three years to the day since he was ruthlessly ousted from the job by Julia Gillard, as Labor desperately fights for electoral survival. The 55-year-old sealed his dramatic return after a leadership ballot on Wednesday, in which Gillard, the country's first female premier, was deposed in a party-room vote and announced her retirement from politics.

Rudd returns as Australia PM after toppling Gillard

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Kevin Rudd returned as Australian prime minister on Wednesday, executing a stunning party room coup on Julia Gillard almost three years to the day after being ousted by his former deputy and less than three months out from a general election. The reinstatement of Rudd was a last-ditch effort to shore up support by the governing Labor Party, which opinion polls show faces catastrophic defeat at a poll scheduled for Sept 14.

Gillard defiant amid fresh leadership row

Embattled Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard insisted Wednesday she was focused on "getting on with the job" of governing as she confronted another reported move to depose her in favour of predecessor Kevin Rudd. A petition was widely reported to be circulating among Labor lawmakers calling for a caucus meeting where a vote on the leadership would be held, amid unease in the party over an expected rout under Gillard at national elections on September 14.

Key events in Australia's leadership war

Kevin Rudd won back the leadership of the Australian Labor Party in a ballot on Wednesday defeating Prime Minister Julia Gillard who ousted him three years ago. Key events in their bitter rivalry: 2010 June 23 -- Then deputy prime minister, Gillard challenges Rudd to a leadership ballot as his popularity plummets following a series of policy mis-steps including shelving an emissions trading scheme and skirmishes with the powerful mining industry over tax hikes.

Kevin Rudd: A volatile but polished politician

Ever the man of the people, Kevin Rudd made a polished return as Australia's prime minister-elect on Wednesday appealing directly to the public on his "proven leadership". Rudd, a charismatic ex-diplomat, stormed to power in 2007 with a landslide victory that ended a decade of conservative rule, campaigning for generational change with an emphasis on issues such as global warming.
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