Australian PM Kevin Rudd calls election for September 7
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called an election for September 7, six weeks after defeating former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a Labor party vote.
The date was announced after he visited the governor general, which is a formality preceding an election announcement.
The head of the centre-left party faces stiff competition from conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott, who is favoured to win.
The economy, asylum seekers and climate change are among the key issues in the election.
Mr Rudd returned to lead Australia's government three years after he was toppled in a similar Labor leadership contest by Ms Gillard.
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