In a shock statement, Kevin Rudd has resigned as the Foreign Minister of Australia. Following the recent release of a leaked video (below) where Mr Rudd candidly expresses his frustration with an interpreter, the former Foreign Minister said “in recent days, Minister Crean and a number of other faceless men have publicly attacked my integrity and therefore my fitness to serve as a minister in the government.”
The resignation comes as pressure has been put on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to fire Mr Rudd, after speculations he has been making a push for the prime minister position.
“During his period of service as Foreign Minister there were many achievements. He strongly pursued Australia’s interests in the world.
I am disappointed that the concerns Mr Rudd has publicly expressed this evening were never personally raised with me, nor did he contact me to discuss his resignation prior to his decision.” Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott took the opportunity to express his thoughts on the current situation “this government is no longer fit to hold office.”
Kevin Rudd took to twitter shortly after the announcement, thanking everyone in the twitterverse for their kind words.
“The truth is that the Australian people regard this whole affair as little better than a soap opera, and they are right. And under current circumstances, I won’t be part of it… I also believe it’s affecting the business community, and I agree with recent statements by peak bodies to this effect. It is important that business confidence is maintained in Australia. The economy and jobs are core to what any responsible government is about.” Mr Rudd said in the statement.