Theresa May seeks to form minority government, to meet Queen

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    IANS | London

    June 9, 2017 | 05:11 PM
Theresa May

Theresa May (PHOTO: AFP)

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Queen Elizabeth II on Friday in order to seek permission to form a government despite her Conservative Party's failure to secure a majority vote in the nation's general election.

A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed that May would meet the British head of state at Buckingham Palace, reports Efe news.

May's party took the most parliamentary seats -- 318 -- in the UK's snap election that she called in April, but it failed to secure enough support to form a majority government, falling short of the required 326 parliamentary seats.

To form a functioning government, the Prime Minister is expected to rely on the support of the Democratic Unionist Party, an ideologically similar right-wing faction from Northern Ireland, which secured 10 of the 18 parliamentary seats representing that region in the British Parliament.

May met stiff competition from her rival Jeremy Corbyn of the opposition Labour Party, who garnered 261 seats in the election, a gain of 29.

When May called the snap election, the Conservatives had a 20 point polling average lead over Labour.

The Conservative leader sought to create a "strong and stable government" ahead of the Brexit negotiations slated to begin on June 19.

However, May's decision to call a snap vote backfired, casting uncertainty on the approach taken in those negotiations.

Corbyn's party gathered momentum during the campaign, offering a policy programme based funding public services and tackling social issues such as poverty and inequality.

May took the reins of the Conservatives from former Prime Minister David Cameron, who resigned following the UK's vote in a JUne 2016 referendum to leave the European Union.