Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd withdraws candidacy for top U.N. job

July 29, 2016 7:26 AM

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SYDNEY Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday withdrew his candidacy to be the next U.N. Secretary-General after current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared him unfit for the job and refused to back his candidacy.

Conservative leader Turnbull denied that politics played a part in his cabinet's decision not to back the former Labor leader, who had asked the government to nominate him as Australia's candidate.

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