RUDD QUITS IN 'SOAP OPERA'
Embattled, embittered and perhaps a bit embarrassed, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd shocked colleagues with his surprise resignation this week while he was on an official visit to Washington.
In a hastily called news conference Wednesday, Mr. Rudd denounced “faceless men” in the Australian government who have “attacked my integrity and, therefore, my fitness to serve” as foreign minister. He called the attacks a “soap opera.”
He also criticized Miss Gillard for failing to “repudiate” the mudslinging.
“I can only reluctantly conclude that she shares those views,” he said.
“The truth is I can only serve as foreign minister if I have the confidence of Prime Minister Gillard and her senior ministers,” he said.
He added that “under no circumstances do I want Australia’s international reputation brought into disrepute because of this ongoing saga.”
Miss Gillard, meanwhile, wasted no time in preparing to prevent him from building momentum for a leadership challenge. She scheduled a vote for Monday for Labor Party lawmakers to decide whether they want her to continue as prime minister.
Mr. Rudd arrived in Washington just after an embarrassing video went viral.View Entire Story
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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