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UK's Brown out, Cameron in

2010-05-12 08:31:36 GMT2010-05-12 16:31:36 (Beijing Time)

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown resigns and Conservative party leader David Cameron is confirmed by Queen Elizabeth II.

Just one day after Gordon Brown said he was stepping aside as Labour Party leader, he was back in front of 10 Downing Street, but this time with a more far-reaching announcement.

SOUNDBITE: Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, saying (English):

"I have informed the Queen's private secretary that it is my intention to tender my resignation to the Queen. In the event that the Queen accepts, I shall advise her to invite the leader of the Opposition to form a government. I wish the next prime minister well as he makes the important choices for the future."

Accompanied by his family, Brown made his way to Buckingham Palace to formally tender his resignation.

Hot on his heels, was Conservative Party Leader David Cameron who sought confirmation from the Queen to become Brown's replacement to lead the country.

Standing in front of number 10 Downing street -- now his new headquarters -- Cameron spoke his first words as prime minster.

SOUNDBITE: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the Untied Kingdom, saying (English):

"We have some deep and pressing problems. A huge deficit, deep social problems and a political system in need of reform. For those reasons I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. 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."

Cameron also assured Britons that he and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg would form a strong coalition government to tackle future challenges.

SOUNDBITE: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the Untied Kingdom, saying (English):

"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, based on those value, rebuilding family, rebuilding community, above all rebuilding responsibility in our country."

Stepping over the threshold of their new home, Cameron and his wife Samantha undoubtedly know that one of the main tasks once inside Downing Street, will be to rebuild the nation's trust in the political system.

Tara Cleary, Reuters.

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