Julia Gillard defeats Kevin Rudd in Labor leadership ballot

Julia Gillard đánh bại Kevin Rudd trong cuộc bỏ phiếu bầu chọn lãnh đạo đảng Lao động

Gillard remains as (tiếp tục chức vụ) Australian prime minister after seeing off () party room challenge (phòng bỏ phiếu nội bộ đảng) by 71 votes to 31

Julia Gillard will remain as Australia‘s prime minister after winning the resounding backing (sự ủng hộ mạnh mẽ) of her Labor party colleagues in a leadership ballot (cuộc bỏ phiếu bầu chọn lãnh đạo) against Kevin Rudd.
The Labor party room voted 71 to 31 to retain Gillard as its leader (giữ … tiếp tục ở cương vị lãnh đạo) and therefore as prime minister. It ends a week of vicious bloodletting (kình chống nội bộ hằn học ) by Labor parliamentarians, brought to a head (bước ngoặc khó khăn) with Kevin Rudd’s resignation as foreign minister so he could mount a challenge (đưa ra sự thách thức).
“I can assure you that this political drama (bi kịch chính trường) is over,” Gillard told a news conference.
She said the Labor party would now unite and focus on winning the next general election, due in (theo kế hoạch sẽ diễn ra vào) 2013.
“I absolutely believe that united we can (nếu đoàn kết chúng ta có thể) win the next election,” she said, adding she was impatient to (nôn nóng muốn) get on with the job.
Gillard’s leadership vote was the best result of any Labor leader in a challenge (tranh chức) in 30 years.
She said Australians should honour the achievements made by Kevin Rudd as prime minster and foreign minister, including his historic apology to the stolen generation of Aboriginal children.
Kevin Rudd congratulated Gillard on her win and said he accepted the leadership ballot “without  qualification”. He said Labor must now unite to win the next election.
“To Julia, I say, I accept fully the verdict of the (Labor) caucus and I dedicated myself to working fully for her re-election.”
He will return to the backbench and continue to represent his electorate of Griffith in Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland.
Rudd said he bore no grudges (đố kỵ) or malice (ác ý) towards ministers who may have spoken out against him in the past week in what has been widely reported as the most vicious leadership spat (sự cãi vả) in Australian political history.
“It’s well past time (chuyện đã qua) that these wounds were healed (hàn gắn),” he said.
Labor members of parliament on both sides of the leadership divide (sự chia cắt) have called for the party to unite behind the prime minister.
Speculation over her leadership has dogged (gây áp lực dai dẵng) Julia Gillard since she ousted Kevin Rudd in an internal party coup in 2010. Their centre-left Labor party scraped through (trầy trật vượt qua) elections later that year, which lead to a minority government in a hung parliament (quốc hội  với phe đa số không cầm quyền).
Gillard faces an uphill battle (cuộc chiến đấu khó khăn) convincing the electorate to back her. An opinion poll (thăm dò ý kiến) on Monday put Kevin Rudd ahead as preferred prime minister by a margin of 53% to 28%. Labor also trails the opposition in the polls, though its position has improved in the past few weeks.

The opposition has reiterated its call for an election


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