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Cameron becomes youngest British prime minister in two centuries

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, May 12, IRNA – Conservative leader David Cameron Tuesday became Britain’s youngest prime minister in almost 200 years and ended 13 years of Labour rule.

Cameron said that he intended to form a “proper and full coalition” with the centre-left Liberal Democrats after his centre-right party failed to win an overall parliamentary majority at last week’s general election.

He said that he and Lib Dem leader wanted to work for the “common good and national interest” and to build a more responsible society in Britain.

Cameron was confirmed as prime minister after Gordon Brown tendered his resignation to the British monarch and also announced that he would be stepping down as Labour leader.

At the age of 43, he becomes Britain’s youngest prime minister since the Earl of Liverpool in 1812 and the Conservative’s first since 1997.

The coalition government is also Britain’s first since World War II more than 60 years ago and comes after five days of power-sharing negotiations and concessions made with the Lib Dems following last week’s election ending in stalemate.

One of Cameron’s first decisions was to confirm the appointment of George Osborne as Chancellor of the Exchequer and William Hague, a former leader of the party, as foreign secretary.

According to unconfirmed reports, Clegg was going to be appointed as deputy prime minister and that the Lib Dems would also get another three cabinet posts.

The change of government comes after the collapse of Labour negotiations with the Lib Dems to keep the Tories out of office after they won most parliamentary seats but were 20 short of an overall majority in the 650-seat House of Commons.

The election resulted in stalemate with the Tories winning 306 seats, up 97, Labour 258, down 91, the Lib Dems 57, down five and the remaining shared amongst nationalist parties and others.

Previously Labour had won three successive elections in 2005, 2001 and 1997 following four consecutive Tory victories in 1992, 1987, 1983 and 1979.

With Labour out of office, the party’s National Executive Committee agreed on Tuesday to set up an immediate timetable for the election of a new leader to replace Brown.

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