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New British PM Cameron pledges to form strong coalition government

RIA Novosti

01:0112/05/2010 LONDON, May 12 (RIA Novosti) - Conservative leader David Cameron, who took over as British prime minister on Tuesday, has vowed to form a full coalition government with the Liberal Democrat party.

"I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. I believe that is the right way to provide this country with the strong, the stable, the good and decent government that I think we need so badly," Cameron said outside 10 Downing Street.

David Cameron and his wife Samantha earlier visited Buckingham Palace to accept the Queen's invitation to form a government after Gordon Brown had announced his resignation as premier.

British parliamentary elections on May 6 resulted in a hung parliament, with no single party winning enough seats to form a government.

The Conservatives are the largest of the three main parties in government with 306 seats out of 650. The Labour Party won 258 and the Liberal Democrats 57. A majority of 326 seats is needed for any one party to form a majority government.

The political parties have been negotiating potential coalitions since the election results were announced. The combined seats of Labour and the Liberal Democrats were insufficient to form a majority.

Gordon Brown, who has served as mritish Prime Mmnister for less than three years, has also resigned as leader of the Labour Party but will continue to perform his duties as member of parliament.

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