Australia

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Retires From Politics

Former leader of the Labor Party

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Former Australian leader Kevin Rudd has announced his retirement from politics.

In an emotional speech, the former Labor Party leader said he had not arrived at the decision lightly.

But Mr Rudd, who served as prime minister twice, attributed the decision to his family and said it had been an honour to lead the nation.

Mr Rudd led Labor into the 7 September general election which saw the Liberal-National coalition of Tony Abbott elected.