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Australia: Prime Minister faces cabinet reshuffle

Two senior Australian ministers have announced surprise resignations, only days after Prime Minister Julia Gillard called early elections.

Chris Evans, the government leader in the Senate, and Attorney-General Nicola Roxon both said they were quitting politics for personal reasons.

The resignations will come as a severe blow for the Labor Party. Gillard said she would swear in a new cabinet tomorrow before parliament sits for the first time this year. She praised the contributions of Evans and Roxon and revealed she had known for a year that neither wanted to remain in politics. “I’ve always had it in my mind that this was the time to announce new arrangements,” she said in a joint news conference with the departing ministers.

 

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