Kevin Rudd wants to be Australian leader again: Labor figure
SYDNEY (AFP) - Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd plans to make a comeback and serve as the country's leader for a third time, a senior Labor party figure claimed on Thursday.
Mr Rudd's popularity with the Australian public came crashing down on Saturday when he was soundly defeated by conservative Tony Abbott as voters punished Labor at the ballot box for years of in-fighting.
He announced his resignation as Labor chief and since then pressure has been building on him to quit politics altogether, amid concerns he would be a destabilising influence on the party and whoever takes over as leader.
But former trade minister Craig Emerson, a staunch supporter of Mr Rudd's predecessor Julia Gillard, said he had been told that the 55-year-old wants to be prime minister again.