AAP - KEVIN RUDD'S demise as Australian Prime Minister sent shockwaves across PNG today, especially in a remote village where a baby called Kevin Rudd Junior is lauded as a little prince.
In 2008, then Prime Minister Rudd visited the
The family of two-year-old Kevin Rudd Junior was shocked
by the news that his political namesake was no longer
"We are very sorry to hear this; we are shocked," Esau Kitgi said, wishing Julia Gillard, Australia's first female Prime Minister, all the best. But he said there were no plans for a baby sister for Kevin Junior
"Kevin Rudd Junior's name will remain forever, we are not changing the name," he said. "The time Rudd was in government he brought white man and black man together.
"We support him because he brought PNG and
"This is too sad," said family friend Loven Forapi, who lobbied the Australian government to support numerous bilateral opportunities to leverage off the Kev Junior brand.
Kevin Rudd Junior was born in
The baby became PNG's favourite son, symbolic of rekindled
On Rudd Junior's second birthday, the family told AAP that the toddler became a "climate change victim", just like Rudd Senior.
Late last year AAP also reported that Kevin Junior had reached a significant milestone in his life when he uttered the words "mum" and "dad", while continuing to struggle with his namesake's favourite phrase, "programmatic specificity".