Losing power feels like being hit by a fist: Ex-Australian PM Gillard
SYDNEY (AFP) - Losing power was like being "hit by a fist", Australia's first female prime minister Julia Gillard said on Saturday, recounting the pain of being dumped by her party.
Ms Gillard made history in 2010 when she became the first woman to lead the country after ousting Mr Kevin Rudd in a Labor Party room coup, a move that shocked the nation, which had voted Mr Rudd into power just three years before.
But in June Ms Gillard received the same treatment herself, with her parliamentary Labor colleagues returning the leadership to Mr Rudd after she failed to turn around dismal opinion poll ratings.
"Losing power is felt physically, emotionally, in waves of sensation, in moments of acute distress," Ms Gillard wrote in a piece published online in The Guardian on Saturday.