Gillard no longer Labour Party chief, set to lose PM's post

Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been ousted as Labour Party leader by her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, in vote of party lawmakers hoping to avoid a huge defeat in upcoming elections.

Gillard hasn't lost the PM's post yet. Getty Images

Gillard hasn't lost the PM's post yet. Getty Images

The ballot took place on Wednesday three years and two days after Gillard ousted Rudd in a similar internal government showdown. It makes him leader of the party, but not prime minister.

Party official Chris Hayes says Gillard lost 57 votes to 45.

Rudd will likely have to demonstrate that he can command a majority of lawmakers in the House of Representatives before the governor-general makes him prime minister. If he cannot, opposition leader Tony Abbott could be asked to form a government or the elections could be moved up from September to August.

AP


Updated Date: Jun 26, 2013 15:49 PM

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