Rajoy says Spain will 'most likely' hold new elections on June 26
Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday said his country would "most likely" hold new elections on June 26 after political deadlock since inconclusive polls in December.
Rajoy said "the most likely thing is that there will be elections on June 26," according to a conversation overheard with British Prime Minister David Cameron at an EU summit in Brussels.
"We have an investiture ceremony in March and I believe it will not work out," Rajoy was heard telling Cameron, apparently unaware that he could be heard on camera.
He made the comments as it appeared that Spain's Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez might not be able to form a government.
Sanchez was nominated by the king earlier this month to negotiate a coalition but has faced an uphill task.
In Madrid meanwhile the far-left Podemos party said it had agreed to talk with the Socialists over forming a government.
Podemos chief Pablo Iglesias had until now refused to sit down with the Socialists if they continued to talk with centrist grouping Ciudadanos.
He said Thursday he had now agreed to four-way talks between Podemos, the Socialists, smaller far-left party Izquierda Unida and Compromis, a regional grouping from Valencia in eastern Spain.
Rajoy's Popular Party emerged from the December polls as the largest single party but could not find partners to give it a ruling majority.
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