Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has thrown his support behind Julia Gillard, who ousted him as prime minister and Labor Party leader in late June. Rudd said he decided to join Gillard’s campaign in a bid to prevent Liberal-National coalition leader Tony Abbott from assuming office, Bloomberg says.
“I cannot sit idly by and watch Mr. Abbott slide into office, I can’t be silent,” Rudd said on Australian television. “Today I have been requested by Prime Minister Gillard to join the national campaign. Of course I have said yes.”
Bloomberg says Rudd’s participation can boost Labor’s chances of winning in his home state of Queensland, where the party is facing a voter backlash that analysts said is big enough to potentially cost them the Aug. 21 elections.