Addressing a press conference here in Washington during his official business visit, Rudd announced his resign and said that he could not continue in his role without the support of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Ms. Gillard came to power in an internal coup within her Labour Party that ousted Mr. Rudd as Prime Minister in June 2010. She became only the third Prime Minister since World War II to gain power in this way.
“I can only serve as Foreign Minister if I have the confidence of Prime Minister Gillard and her senior Ministers,” Rudd said. “I therefore believe the only honourable thing, and the only honourable course of action, is for me to resign.”