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UK Coalition Rifts Could End in Divorce

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TEHRAN, May 8 (ICANA) – British voters overwhelmingly rejected Liberal Democrats' push for electoral reforms in the so-called “Super Thursday” referendum on Alternative Vote (AV) system.
Sunday, May 08, 2011 7:38:12 PM
UK Coalition Rifts Could End in Divorce

The referendum's results and the bitter defeat, the junior party to the Conservative-led government in Britain has suffered, are igniting an angry feud inside the cabinet, which threatens to undermine the coalition that has ruled the country for almost a year.

Although the AV referendum was widely ignored by most British voters, but there are signs that it could be the death knell of one of more successful political unions in Britain.

A majority of Britons now believe that the referendum might rip the coalition apart, despite having survived challenges including mounting tensions over tuition fees, budget cuts and immigration.

The dispute over voting reforms has also turned Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg into political opponents, who deplore one another in every occasion.

The electoral reforms, meanwhile, threaten to split the coalition and derail its austerity program launched to provide for the country's record budget deficit since the World War II.

Actually, British voters punished the Lib Dems for their role in the deficit-cutting government.

The Lib Dems' supporters deserted the party in local elections and rejected its efforts to reform the electoral system altogether.

The AV system was championed by the Liberal Democrats, but it was opposed by their Conservative Party partners.

The conflict could end in divorce for a partnership formed last May after an inconclusive parliamentary election, according to some analysts.

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