Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard faced down a leadership challenge Thursday, emerging victorious from a party vote after former leader Kevin Rudd made a last-minute decision not to run.
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks at Parliament House in Canberra on March 21, 2013. Gillard retained the Labor party's top job Thursday after no-one stood against her in a ballot called in response to building pressure over her leadership.
In a tense day of political manoeuvring, Gillard called the shock ballot as internal unrest reached fever pitch in the ruling Labor party which is floundering ahead of general elections in September.
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