New British PM announces 'strong' coalition government

11th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

New British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Tuesday he intended to form a "strong" coalition government to tackle the "deep and pressing problems" facing the country.

In a speech in Downing Street minutes after taking office, he said Britain has "deep and pressing problems" which his new government would act swiftly to confront.

"I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats," Conservative leader Cameron said, shortly after being appointed premier by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

"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," he added.

Brown said he and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg "want to put aside party differences and work hard for the common good and for the national interest.

"I believe that is the best way to get the strong government that we need, decisive government that we need today."

Outlining the challenges facing his coalition government, he said: "We have some deep and pressing problems -- a huge deficit, deep social problems, a political system in need of reform."

Cameron paid tribute to his predecessor Gordon Brown for his "long record of dedicated public service" and said that after 13 years of Labour rule, Britain was "more open at home and more compassionate abroad".

The agreement to form a coalition government -- details of which have yet to be announced -- was hammered out in five days of tense negotiations after no party won an outright majority in Thursday's general election.

© 2010 AFP

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