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Britain's closest election in a generation goes down to the wire

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 01:58

Campaigning in Britain's least predictable election in a generation is wrapping up its final day, with neither major party on track to take a majority in parliament. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Britain's politicians are in the final hours of campaigning in the UK's most tightly fought election in a generation. The two main parties are neck and neck -- with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party leading the opposition Labor Party, led by Ed Miliband, by just ONE point according to the latest polls. Meaning the UK is looking at the prospect of another HUNG parliament. Cameron, however, remains optimistic. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER AND CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: ''I believe when the crunch comes, when they ask themselves the question: Do I trust Ed Miliband with the economy or do I want to stick with a plan and a team that's turning the country round? I think we can do very well on Thursday and cross that line.'' Ed Miliband is making his plea to undecided voters, telling them it's time to remove Cameron from office. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LABOUR PARTY LEADER, ED MILIBAND, SAYING: ''This is the clearest choice that has been put before the British people for a generation.'' The UKIP, with its anti-immigration platform, is also seen as a contender for seats in Parliament..but The REAL kingmaker -- in what might very well be another COALITION government -- could be Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. He's telling voters his Liberal Democrats party can keep a left-wing or right-wing government safely on 'center' ground. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LEADER, NICK CLEGG, SAYING: 'Above all, we will provide stability. We won't allow the other parties to pull us to one extreme or the other." Five years ago, Britain formed its first coalition government since World War II, after Cameron failed to win an overall majority. Voters then thought it was a 'one-off'. But analysts say the chances of a decisive outcome on Thursday -- or even by Friday -- are slim. And so, days, possibly even weeks, of negotiations between the parties may lie ahead -- before the world's fifth-largest economy forms its new government.

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Britain's closest election in a generation goes down to the wire

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 01:58