« U.S. called on to be more responsible | Main | Wildfire continues destruction in California »

Howard put out of office

Australian Prime Minister John Howard was defeated Saturday in the countries latest election. His loss came at the hands of the Labor parties Kevin Rudd.

Howard is a conservative and was one of the Bush administrations largest allies and his views on Iraq and his refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol global warming agreement. Australia and the United States are the only two industrialized nations who have yet to agree to it.

Rudd has vowed to sign the Kyoto Protocol as soon as possible and to pull Australia's 550 combat troops from Iraq.

Several other countries have recently elected new leaders who are against the war in Iraq. Donald Tusk, Poland's new prime minister, has promised to change relation with the United States and said he would pull out all 900 of Poland's troops from Iraq.

Related:

Rudd wins, Howard out

Australian voters oust Bush ally