Spain's king, parties hold final talks to avoid new election


Published April 26, 2016 8:30AM (EDT)

MADRID (AP) — Spain's king is wrapping up two days of talks with political party leaders in a last-ditch bid to snap a four-month deadlock in finding a candidate capable of forming a government, but another election looks more likely.

King Felipe VI was to meet Tuesday with leaders the top four parties in the December election, ending with acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of the first-place Popular Party. Felipe will then inform the speaker of the parliament whether there is a candidate or if elections should be held.

Neither Rajoy nor Pedro Sanchez, leader of the second-place Socialist party, was able to garner enough parliamentary support to form a government following the Dec. 20 balloting.

A government must be in place by May 2 or fresh elections will be held June 26.



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