Reforms make Australian prime minister job safer

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was branded by the media "Recycled Rudd" after he lost power in an internal government leadership wrangle then snatched it back in a similar showdown three years later. On Monday, he succeeded in changing the ruling party's regulations to make his job safer.

Lawmakers in Rudd's Labor Party met and agreed with his proposal to tighten rules on how a prime minister can be dumped by a government.

With elections expected within weeks, the center-left party is presenting itself as a more stable administration which is now far less likely to jettison a leader when opinion polls turn against them.

The internal reforms are seen as the final changes Rudd needed to make before setting an election date.

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