Gordon Brown UK politics


London, England (CNN) — UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping down after his party was defeated in parliamentary elections last week, he said Monday.
“As leader of my party I must accept that that is a judgment on me,” he said.
He is asking his Labour Party to begin preparations for a new leadership contest in which he will not be a candidate, he said. That effectively means he is on his way out as prime minister.
The move may clear the way for a deal to keep his party in power after elections last week left no party with an absolute majority in parliament.
The Conservative party won the most seats, after 13 years in opposition, but not enough to form a government on their own.
Brown’s Labour party came in second, and the Liberal Democrats came in third.
The Liberal Democrats are in talks with the Conservatives, but Brown said they had now asked for talks with Labour as well.

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