1st meeting for UK parliament

2010-05-18 15:22
London - Britain's new Parliament is to meet for the first time since the country's general election to swear-in lawmakers and elect the speaker of the House of Commons.

The country's coalition government took office last week - a partnership between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties. They are expected to sit together on the benches of the House of Commons when the Parliament meets. More than a third of the lawmakers are rookies - 226 of the 650 legislators.

The election of a speaker is usually a formality, but John Bercow is facing opposition from lawmakers who believe he is too partisan.

Parliament will be formally opened next week when Queen Elizabeth II makes a speech to lawmakers, outlining the government's legislative programme.

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