From NBC's Jenna Pfeffer
"Britain's quest for a new government took a sudden turn on Monday when Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced he would resign within months as Labour party leader," the New York Times reports.
Brown's announcement is an attempt to prevent the Conservative leader David Cameron from taking power -- by creating a "progressive coalition government" comprised of the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.
This comes after last week's parliamentary elections, in which the Conservative Party won the most seats but none of the major three parties garnered a clear majority. Now both the Conservative and Labour parties are hoping to win support from the Liberal Democrats, even though it came in last in the elections. Still, an agreement between the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats would still not give them the majority of seats that they need.
That said, this could be a strategic step for the Labour Party, as Conservative talks with Liberal Democrats may have reached a roadblock. It seems that Conservatives are still reluctant to compromise their stance on the parliamentary voting system even though this could be vital to getting support.
The Liberal Democrats' biggest desire is that Britain uses an alternative voting system for the next election -- requiring voters to rank candidates in order of preference and ensuring that one party will undoubtedly have a clear majority.