Australia’s prime minister, John Howard, called a general election yesterday as polls showed him heading for a landslide defeat after nearly 11 years in office.Speaking in Canberra the 68-year-old insisted he was still the best man to lead the country despite many voters switching to his Labor opponent, Kevin Rudd.Setting November 24 as the election date, Mr Howard argued that his strength and experience trumped those of his youthful challenger. “Love me or loathe me, the Australian people know where I stand on all the important issues of their future,” he said. He played down his age and the fact that he is seeking a fifth term, saying the country “does not need new leadership. It does not need old leadership. It needs the right leadership”.
[tags]Australian Elections, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Labor, Liberal[/tags]