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Kevin Rudd steps down as Australian PM

Kevin Rudd steps down as Australian PM
Australia has its first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd stood down on Thursday, handing the leadership to his deputy Julia Gillard. (Getty Images)
Kevin Rudd steps down as Australian PM
Rudd was forced to step aside after it became clear he did not have enough support from MPs to continue as prime minister. (Getty Images)
Kevin Rudd steps down as Australian PM
Gillard is reported to have the backing of at least 75 of the Labour Party’s 115 MPs. (Getty Images)
Kevin Rudd steps down as Australian PM
Rudd and Gillard pose at the government's first ministers meeting in Parliament House on December 3, 2007 in Canberra. (Getty Images)
Kevin Rudd steps down as Australian PM
The move against Rudd came as fears grew he could not win this year’s election. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kevin Rudd steps down as Australian PM
Rudd’s popularity has quickly declined, with polls at the start of the year putting him among the most liked prime ministers in 30 years. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kevin Rudd steps down as Australian PM
However, his decision to shelve the centrepiece of his environmental strategy has been reported to be the pivotal moment of his downfall. (AFP/Getty Images)