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In this Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 file photo, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd adjusts his glasses during a speech at a pre-election rally in Mt. Druitt, Australia.
In this Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 file photo, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd adjusts his glasses during a speech at a pre-election rally in Mt. Druitt, Australia.

Australia refuses to nominate former PM for top UN job

SYDNEY, Australia – Australia’s government has rejected a request by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that it back his late bid for the top United Nations job.

The decision by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday effectively crushes Rudd’s hopes of nabbing the post after he spent months lobbying for government support.

Rudd had hoped Australia’s conservative government would take the crucial step of formally nominating him to succeed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when Ban’s second five-year term ends on Dec. 31.

But Turnbull said he didn’t feel Rudd was suited for the job, and could therefore not support his bid.

Turnbull declined to explain why he felt the former prime minister of the opposition centre-left Labor Party was an unsuitable candidate. But he said it was not a partisan decision.

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