Most Australian Labor lawmakers have swung their support behind deputy leader Julia Gillard ahead of her challenge to party leader and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd later today, the Sydney Morning Herald reported, without saying where it got the information. Key factions of the party persuaded a reluctant Gillard to stand, the newspaper reported.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has intervened in the running of the New South Wales branch of the ruling Labor party in a bid to stamp out corruption that has hobbled his chances of winning this year’s federal election.
Kevin Rudd’s return to the leadership has sparked a surge in support for Australia’s Labor government, with a poll showing the party has closed the gap with Tony Abbott’s opposition ahead of this year’s election.
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he will challenge his successor Julia Gillard in a Feb. 27 leadership ballot as the ruling Labor party seeks to end weeks of rivalry that’s undermining the government.