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

  • Spain's King Felipe VI, left, shakes hands with Ciudadanos party leader Albert Rivera at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday April 26, 2016. Spain's king is wrapping up two days of talks with political party leaders in a last-ditch bid attempt to snap a four-month deadlock in finding a candidate capable of forming a government, but the signs are new elections are more likely. (Angel Diaz, Pool Photo via AP)

    Spain's King Felipe VI, left, shakes hands with Ciudadanos party leader Albert Rivera at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday April 26, 2016. Spain's king is wrapping up two days of talks with political party leaders in a last-ditch bid attempt to snap a four-month deadlock in finding a candidate capable of forming a government, but the signs are new elections are more likely. (Angel Diaz, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A deliveryman pushes a trolley with goods in Madrid, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. 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. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    A deliveryman pushes a trolley with goods in Madrid, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. 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. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's King Felipe VI, left, speaks with Ciudadanos party leader Albert Rivera at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday April 26, 2016. Spain's king is wrapping up two days of talks with political party leaders in a last-ditch bid attempt to snap a four-month deadlock in finding a candidate capable of forming a government, but the signs are new elections are more likely. (Angel Diaz, Pool Photo via AP)

    Spain's King Felipe VI, left, speaks with Ciudadanos party leader Albert Rivera at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday April 26, 2016. Spain's king is wrapping up two days of talks with political party leaders in a last-ditch bid attempt to snap a four-month deadlock in finding a candidate capable of forming a government, but the signs are new elections are more likely. (Angel Diaz, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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. He will later tell Parliament whether there is a candidate or if elections should be held.

Nneither Rajoy nor Pedro Sanchez, leader of the second-place Socialist party, 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 elections will be held June 26.