Ups and downs on political arena in Asia-Pacific region

15:35, July 04, 2010      

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by Xinhua Writer Liu Hao

Leaders or governments of some Asian-Pacific countries have changed recently for various reasons, with Australian and Japanese prime ministers being forced to step down, while the Nepali prime minister and the Maldivian cabinet resigned, and the new Philippine president was sworn with challenges ahead.

RUDD QUITS AS AUSTRALIAN PM AMID DECLINING APPROVAL

The Australian ruling Labor Party toppled its leader Kevin Rudd on June 24 and his deputy and challenger Julia Gillard became Australia's first female prime minister.

The move came after Rudd's plan to boost taxes on the mining industry has deepened a slump in opinion poll with his disapproval rating hitting a record level of 55 percent. His party had lost faith that he could win a second term in the national elections due in April next year at the latest.

With the support of key party powerbrokers, Gillard decided to challenge Rudd's leadership "because I believed that a good government was losing its way."

The direct trigger of Rudd's quit was the controversial 40 percent Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT) proposed in early May. The government and the industry could not establish effective communication and consultation, making the resource tax arduous.

Many have also complained about the Rudd approach of doing things, termed it as dictating.


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