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"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 yearÎ„s "Brexit" referendum.
More to follow. ls/jm (AP, Reuters, dpa)