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Horse-trading begins amid messy UK election results

David Cameron, whose Conservative party is leading in UK election results, may have the upper hand. But no one party emerged with enough seats to form a government.

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UK election: David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party is seen Friday at the declaration in his Witney constituency in Oxfordshire, England.

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Following a chaotic general election result, political horse-trading aimed at cobbling together Britain’s first coalition government for decades has begun.

The political landscape is a mess after no one party emerged with enough seats to form a majority in Parliament.

The ball, however, appears to be in the court of David Cameron, the British Conservative leader whose party won the most votes but fell short of the majority that only a few months ago was considered to be within his grasp.

Nick Clegg, whose centrist Liberal Democrats failed to shatter the Labour and Tory duopoly on power, said this morning that the Conservatives had the first right to seek to govern after winning the biggest mandate in terms of votes and seats.

"I think it is now for the Conservative Party to prove that it is capable of seeking to govern in the national interest," he said on the steps of his party headquarters in London today after the party lost a small number of seats rather than making its much anticipated breakthrough.

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