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Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that she will seek to form a government in coalition with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after the Conservatives failed to secure a parliamentary majority in yesterday's snap general election. Conservatives won 318 seats, short of the 326 needed for a majority, leaving the UK with a hung Parliament. Political analysts credited high turnout among young voters and a passionate campaign by Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader.

Speaking in Downing Street after receiving the Queen's permission to form a government, May said, “What the country needs more than ever is certainty, and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons. Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together, in the interests of the whole United Kingdom."

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