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David Cameron forms coalition government

12th May 2010

Conservative leader David Cameron has become the UK's new prime minister, heading the first coalition government the country has seen since World War Two.

Gordon Brown formally resigned as prime minister last night (May 11th) and suggested to the Queen that Mr Cameron forms the next government.

Mr Cameron's government will be a coalition between his own party and the Liberal Democrats, after May 6th's general election left the Conservatives 20 seats short of the 326 needed to form a majority government.

Commenting from the steps of 10 Downing Street, the new prime minister said he believes a coalition is the only way to provide the UK with a 'good and decent' government following the hung parliament.

'This is going to be hard and difficult work. A coalition will throw up all sorts of challenges, but I believe together we can provide that strong and stable government that our country needs,' he added.

As part of the deal, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was named as Mr Cameron's deputy prime minister, while another four Cabinet posts will be filled by members of his party.

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