Rudd sworn in as Australia’s prime minister

CANBERRA, Australia — Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister on Thursday three years and three days after he was ousted from the same job in an internal government showdown.

His office could not immediately confirm whether Rudd would replace his predecessor Julia Gillard in a visit to Indonesia scheduled for next week. Gillard was ousted Wednesday by colleagues spooked by the party’s dismal opinion polling.

Rudd has yet say when he will announce his complete Cabinet after seven ministers resigned following Gillard’s ouster. But Rudd faces a potential no-confidence vote in Parliament, which he will likely survive although a loss could trigger an election as early as Aug. 3.


Gillard tendered her resignation Wednesday night after losing a ballot of lawmakers to Rudd 57 votes to 45.

Rudd has given no indication of whether he would stick with an election date of Sept. 14 set under Gillard.