Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard carries about a 2-to-1 advantage of support among the 103-member Labor caucus heading into today’s leadership ballot against her predecessor Kevin Rudd, according to weekend tallies of lawmakers by the Australian and Age newspapers.
Kevin Rudd resigned as Australian foreign minister, increasing speculation he will challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard for the nation’s top job as support for her government hovers near a record low.
Kevin Rudd vowed to save Labor from a “catastrophic” Australian election defeat when he took over as leader in June. While polls show he’s narrowed the gap, the party still faces eviction after six years in power.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his ministerial team, opting for less familiar names as he seeks to distance himself from predecessor Julia Gillard and narrow the ruling Labor party’s deficit in opinion polls.