An unlikely coalition takes power in Britain

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After a handshake at the steps of No. 10 Downing Street, Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron, a Conservative, and his deputy, Nicholas Clegg of the Liberal Democrats, met to shape an historic governing coalition after a power-sharing deal that ended 13 years of Labor Party rule.
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British voters went to the polls on May 6 for the their first general election since May 2005. The outcome determined not just the prime minister, but every position in the 650-seat House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament. The Labor Party had won the last three general elections stretching back to 1997, a 13-year run in power. For more on this year's election and a backgrounder on the British political system, click here.

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