The leaders of Britain's opposition Conservative and Liberal Democratic parties are holding a third day of talks on the formation of a new government following the country's inconclusive general election.
The Conservatives won the most seats and votes in the election, but failed to win an outright majority in Parliament and are now seeking the support of the Liberal Democrats, who finished third.
After 13 years in power, the Labour Party of Prime Minister Gordon Brown came in second in the May 6 elections.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg today said negotiators were working "around the clock" to avoid a "period of prolonged uncertainty."
Brown, who remains in office in a caretaker role, has said he remained ready to try to form an alliance with the Liberal Democrats if they are unable to agree with the Conservatives.
compiled from agency reports