Australian PM Gillard faces leadership heave by former leader Rudd
AUSTRALIA'S former prime minister Kevin Rudd confirmed today he would challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard for the leadership of the ruling Labor Party, in a move that could see him lead the party to elections due within three months.
Rudd led the Labor Party to victory in late 2007, but was dumped by his party in favour of Gillard in June 2010.
Gillard called for a party ballot on Wednesday after weeks of destabilising leadership talk and falling support for her minority government in opinion polls.
Polls show Rudd is more popular with voters and could help Labor hold on to more seats at the election. Gillard now rules with a one-seat parliamentary majority, with support from the Greens and key independents.