Britain-US ties unaffected by vote deadlock: White House

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The "special relationship" between the United States and Britain will not be affected by the uncertainty over the outcome of the British elections, the White House said Friday.

"We look forward to working with whoever is the prime minister," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, after a knife-edge election left Britain in political limbo.

He added that US President Barack Obama had seen the reports of the outcome of Thursday's parliamentary elections, which showed the opposition Conservatives had won 306 seats, just short of the 326 needed to govern alone.

The Conservatives were seeking a power-sharing deal with the small Liberal Democrat party, after the ruling Labour Party of Prime Minister Gordon Brown won 258 seats. The Liberal Democrats won 57 seats.

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