Details of the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in the UK will be unveiled later.
Lib Dem MPs gave their official backing to the agreement late last night. Party leader Nick Clegg, who becomes deputy prime minister, has said he hopes the deal will bring about a “new kind of government.”
Two confirmed posts are the Tories William Hague as Foreign Secretary and George Osborne as Chancellor or finance minister. Five Liberal Democrats will also take their places in the Cabinet.
Hague, shadow Foreign Secretary in opposition, will represent Britain on the world stage. A former party leader who lost the 2001 election, he was also one of the main negotiators with the Liberal Democrats.
Central to the coalition’s effectiveness will be Nick Clegg. The Lib Dem leader acknowledged his party’s election performance was a disappointment. As deputy PM he now holds, in theory, the government’s second most powerful post. His job is to make it count.