Australia gets its first female PM

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 24, 2010 08:03

Australia has its first female prime minister after the ruling party dumped Kevin Rudd and installed his deputy as leader.

New leader Julia Gillard will lead the government to elections due within months.

Gillard stood unopposed at a vote of the Labor Party's 112 lawmakers at a meeting Thursday, hours after a revolt against Rudd, who did not even stand for reappointment in Thursday's vote — a signal that he knew his support had collapsed.

Since she is leader of the majority party in Parliament, Gillard's swearing in as prime minister is a formality.


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