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Rudd Begins Second Stint at Australia Helm With Gillard Gone

Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister for his second stint in the post, tasked with reviving the ruling Labor party’s prospects in the next election as it trails the opposition in opinion polls.

Rudd was sworn in by Governor-General Quentin Bryce in Canberra today, along with his new deputy Anthony Albanese and Chris Bowen as treasurer. Defense Minister Stephen Smith announced he was retiring, the seventh minister to quit in the washout from the ousting of Julia Gillard.