Australia Gets First Female PM

Gillard takes charge after party dumps Rudd
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2010 10:47 PM CDT
Updated Jun 24, 2010 6:05 AM CDT
Australia Gets First Female PM
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pauses while speaking to the media as his wife, Therese Rein, looks on in Canberra today.   (AP Photo/AAP Image, Alan Porritt)

Julia Gillard has become Australia's first prime minister after a revolt within the ruling Labor Party ousted Kevin Rudd. Rudd—who led the party to a landslide victory less than 3 years ago—got the heave-ho from lawmakers worried that his growing unpopularity would cause Labor to lose power in elections expected this October, the AP reports.

Rudd began losing public support in April this year when he reneged on a campaign promise and shelved a plan for a carbon emissions trading scheme. "I was elected by the Australian people as prime minister of this country to bring back a fair go for all Australians and I have given my absolute best to do that," Rudd said. after being deposed. "What I'm less proud of is the fact that I have now blubbered." (More Kevin Rudd stories.)

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