Rudd sworn in as Australian PM

Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as Australian Prime Minister. The leadership ballot was forced by party colleagues hoping to avoid a huge defeat in upcoming elections.

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Julia Gillard 'an inspiration in Australia and Wales'

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, after losing a Labour Party leadership vote, announced her resignation in Canberra. Credit: Reuters / Andrew Taylor

Residents of the small Welsh town where Julia Gillard was born have expressed their shock at her resignation. Gillard was born in Barry, in the Vale of Glamorgan in 1961 and the family moved to Adelaide, Australia after doctors advised the warmer climate would help her lung infection.

Vale of Glamorgan county councillor Ian Johnson said Ms Gillard was still popular in the town she was born.

"As a politician she's been very successful and has faced a lot of opposition from rivals - and it's clear that most of that opposition has been because of her gender and not her policies.

"But she has done a fantastic job and broken a glass ceiling in politics.

"Regardless of what you think about her politics she's been an inspiration - not just in Australia but also back here in Wales."

Who is new Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd?

Kevin Rudd has been elected by MPs of his ruling Labour party as leader. Credit: Reuters/Renee Melides

Kevin Rudd previously served as Prime Minister from 2007 to June 24 2010.

He had been popular, but was challenged to a leadership ballot by Julia Gillard, who was then his deputy. He did not contest the ballot when he became aware of Ms Gillard's support, and she became prime minister unopposed.

Rudd supporters have been accused of undermining Ms Gillard's leadership from the start and have been blamed for damaging leaks against her.

Those leaks partially derailed her 2010 election campaign - she led Labour to a narrow victory after forming an unpopular minority government with the support of independents and minor Greens party. Ms Gillard had survived two previous attempts by Mr Rudd to take over.

A Mandarin-speaking former Beijing diplomat turned state government bureaucrat, his leadership style endeared him to voters.

His first act as PM in 2007 was to sign the Kyoto protocol to limit carbon emissions and attempt to limit the impact of climate change. In February 2008 he apologised to Indigenous people for "the profound grief, suffering and loss" caused by party policies of the Australian parliament.

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Kevin Rudd wants to 'bring people together' as PM

Kevin Rudd has spoken after he defeated Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a Labor Party leadership vote 57-45.

Mr Rudd said: “I intend to lead a government that brings people together and gets the best out of them."

Kevin Rudd was previously ousted by Julia Gillard in 2010 Credit: APTN

Explaining why he is taking on the challenge to be Prime Minister once more, he said:

"I simply do not have it in my nature to stand idly by and to allow an [Tony] Abbott government to come to power in this country by default.

"In 2007, the Australian people elected me to be their PM. That is a task that I resume today with humility, with honour, and with an important sense of energy and purpose."

Rudd set to become Australia's Prime Minister again

Kevin Rudd is set to become Australia's new Prime Minister after he won a vote against Julia Gillard on her leadership of the Labor Party.

Gillard has confirmed that she is standing down and has written to the country's Governor-General in support of Mr Rudd being installed as her successor.

Kevin Rudd was seen smiling as he left after the vote.

The vote was the third time the Labor leadership had come to a head in the current parliament after Ms Gillard overthrew Mr Rudd in 2010.

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