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Australia politics: Rudd to contest leadership against Gillard

26 June 2013 Last updated at 10:37 BST

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the man she ousted, Kevin Rudd, are to contest a party leadership vote.

Ms Gillard called the vote after Mr Rudd's supporters sought to force a party meeting to hold a ballot.

The vote is taking place at 19:00 local time (09:00 GMT) on Wednesday. Both contenders have committed to stepping down from politics if they lose.

Mr Rudd told reporters that he intended to run. "For the nation's sake I believe it's time for this matter to be resolved," he said.

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