3 Australian ministers quit after vote

2013-03-22 09:01
Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard, left, arrives at a press conference with Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan to make a statement to the media after a leadership ballot. (Rob Griffith, AP)

Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard, left, arrives at a press conference with Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan to make a statement to the media after a leadership ballot. (Rob Griffith, AP)

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Canberra — Three Australian government ministers have quit their portfolios in the continuing fallout from a bungled leadership showdown that reinforces perceptions of a crisis in Prime Minister Julia Gillard's administration six months before national elections.

Cabinet ministers Chris Bowen and Martin Ferguson as well as Kim Carr, who was a minister outside Cabinet, resigned on Friday over their support for Gillard's rival, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Gillard on Thursday called a leadership ballot of ruling Labour Party lawmakers after weeks of leadership speculation.

Rudd decided against running, although his supporters say the result of a ballot would have been close.

Senior minister Simon Crean, who demanded the ballot, was sacked by Gillard and junior minister Richard Marles, a Rudd backer, resigned on Thursday.

Read more on:    julia gillard  |  kevin rudd  |  australia

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