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Australian PM calls party leadership ballot


CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Prime Minister Julia Gillard is announcing that her party will vote next week on its leadership.

Gillard said on Thursday she will abandon her leadership ambitions if her Labor Party lawmaker colleagues choose former foreign minister Kevin Rudd over her in the ballot on Monday.

She called on Rudd to abandon his ambitions if he loses.

Gillard told reporters: "We need a leadership ballot to settle this question once and for all."

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