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Spain misses deadline for new government, June election set

  • Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures during a news conference after his meeting with Spain's King Felipe IV, at the Moncloa palace in Madrid, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. King Felipe IV 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)

    Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures during a news conference after his meeting with Spain's King Felipe IV, at the Moncloa palace in Madrid, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. King Felipe IV 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 Socialist Party leader Pedro Sanchez listens to a question during a news conference after his meeting with Spain's King Felipe, at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  King Felipe is wrapping up two days of talks with political party leaders in a last-ditch bid to break a four-month deadlock in finding a candidate capable of forming a government, but another election looks more likely. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Spain's Socialist Party leader Pedro Sanchez listens to a question during a news conference after his meeting with Spain's King Felipe, at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. King Felipe is wrapping up two days of talks with political party leaders in a last-ditch bid to break 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 Podemos Party leader Pablo Iglesias talks to journalists during a news conference after his meeting with Spain's King Felipe, at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. King Felipe 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)

    Spain's Podemos Party leader Pablo Iglesias talks to journalists during a news conference after his meeting with Spain's King Felipe, at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. King Felipe 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 has missed the deadline for its politicians to form a new government following inconclusive elections held Dec. 20 so King Felipe VI must now dissolve parliament before a new election on June 26.

Since no political party had enough support to form a government and all parties failed to reach coalition agreements by midnight Monday — the deadline — the stage is set for an unprecedented repeat of general elections, six months after the previous ballot ended Spain's two-party system.

The king will sign a decree dissolving parliament Tuesday.

Spain has been in a political stalemate, governed by a caretaker government with Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy as prime minister since Dec. 20, when newcomer parties Podemos and Ciudadanos upset the longstanding dominance of the Popular Party and Socialists.