British parties 'optimistic' on post-poll deal

10th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Opposition parties voiced optimism Monday they could strike a power-sharing deal to break Britain's political deadlock, as they resumed talks four days after an indecisive general election.

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats went into a third day of talks on teaming up to govern after the Conservatives came top in last Thursday's election but did not win enough seats to take power alone.

William Hague, one of the Conservatives' negotiators in the talks and their foreign affairs spokesman, told reporters as he went in to the meeting that he was "optimistic of making further progress soon".

He added that the talks were "going well".

Meanwhile Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said politicians were working "around the clock" and hope to make an announcement "as soon as possible".

"Bear with us a little bit longer and I hope we will be able to provide you with a full announcement as soon as is possible," Clegg told reporters outside his home in London.

"All political leaders are working flat out, around the clock, to try and... arrive at a decision as quickly as possible."

Clegg said he did not want a "prolonged period of uncertainty".

But he added: "It would be better to get the decision right rather than rush into something which won't stand the test of time."

© 2010 AFP

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