Gillard 'disappointed' by Rudd resignation

2012-02-22 11:55
Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she was "disappointed" the man she deposed as leader, Kevin Rudd, had not discussed plans to resign as Foreign Minister or raised his concerns with her.

Rudd resigned his post at a dramatic midnight press conference in Washington, saying he had lost the confidence of Gillard amid speculation he was preparing a leadership challenge and would return home to consider his future.

Rudd was replaced as Australia's prime minister in a shock party-room ballot in June 2010 by Gillard, who was then his deputy.

"I am disappointed that the concerns Mr Rudd has publicly expressed this evening were never personally raised with me, nor did he contact me to discuss his resignation prior to his decision," Gillard said in a brief statement.

"I plan to hold a press conference tomorrow to make a further statement."

Sky News said Gillard would use the press conference to announce that a leadership ballot would take place on Monday, though her office refused to confirm the reports.

"We can't comment on the content of the press conference," a spokesperson said.

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