Kevin Rudd sworn in as Australian prime minister

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP)

Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister on Thursday three years and three days after he was ousted from the same job in an internal government showdown.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce commissioned Rudd within half an hour of Parliament resuming for what is likely to be its last day before elections.

“I will do my absolute best,” Rudd told Bryce, whom he appointed governor-general when he was last prime minister.

Anthony Albanese was sworn in as deputy prime minister and Chris Bowen was sworn in as treasurer during the same ceremony. Rudd has yet say when he will announce his complete Cabinet after seven ministers resigned following former Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s ouster.

Rudd faces a potential no-confidence vote in the Parliament which he would likely survive. But a loss could trigger an election as early as Aug. 3.

Gillard tendered her resignation as prime minister Wednesday night after losing a ballot of ruling lawmakers to Rudd 57 votes to 45.

Gillard had set Sept. 14 as the election date. But Rudd has given no indication of whether he would stick with that timetable.

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