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article imageKevin Rudd resigns as Australian Foreign Minister

By Richard Milnes     Feb 22, 2012 in Politics
Kevin Rudd has quit his position as Foreign Minister and is now likely to challenge Julia Gillard as Prime Minister of Australia.
Speaking in Washington D.C. Kevin Rudd has resigned as Foreign Minister effective immediately.
He expressed his sadness, as he loves the job, but was “sadder still that it has come to this”.
Public attacks on his integrity
He made a connection to the last time he resigned form Public Office, which was as Prime Minister of Australia. He said that there had been some similar factors at play today.
Mr Rudd blamed public attacks on his integrity by Simon Crean MP, Federal Member for Hotham and what Mr Rudd described as “other faceless men”.
When challenged today, Prime Minister Gillard chose not to repudiate these attacks. He therefore concluded that she shares their views.
Mr Rudd made clear that he couldn’t continue to serve as Foreign Minister if he didn’t have Prime Minister Gillard’s support.
A leadership challenge is expected
Kevin Rudd will arrive back in Brisbane on Friday morning. He will consult with various people as to what he should do next and will then make a statement before Parliament resumes on Monday.
Mr Rudd made clear that he would not be part of “a stealth attack on a sitting Prime Minster, elected by the people”, making a clear reference to the manner in which he was removed as Prime Minister on 24 June 2010.
He went on to say, “We all know that what happened then was wrong and it must never happen again.”
Sources and further information
Australian Associated Press
Simon Crean MP website
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