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British Prime Minister Theresa May calls for snap elections

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The UKs premier has announced plans for a general election in June. She lashed out at opposition parties for challenging her governments view of navigating "Brexit" negotiations.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday announced her intention to pursue snap elections for June 8. May criticized opposition parties for challenging her governments vision for the UKs departure from the EU, commonly referred to as "Brexit."

"If we do not hold a general election now, their game-playing will continue," she said. "I have now concluded that the only way to guarantee certaintly is to hold this election, and seek your support to take this decision."

The British premier said she would seek to formalize the general election process in parliament on Wednesday. May, who has not been elected, inherited the office of premier after former Prime Minister David Cameron resigned in the wake of last years "Brexit" referendum.

More to follow. ls/jm (AP, Reuters, dpa)
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