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British Parties Seek Partners After Inconclusive Election

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British Parties Seek Partners After Inconclusive Election

Negotiations to form the next British government are underway following parliamentary elections in which opposition Conservatives gained the most seats, but not enough to immediately take power.

With nearly all the votes counted, Conservatives have won just over 300 seats in the 650-seat parliament, while Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labor party is trailing at 255. Both are far short of the 326 seats needed for an absolute majority.

That means the third-place Liberal Democrats, who have secured 56 seats, have become a sought-after coalition partner.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, said the Conservatives should have the first chance to try to form a government since they have won the most votes…

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