Spain king signs decree for unprecedented new elections

May 3, 2016 8:43 AM

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MADRID – Spain's King Felipe VI has signed a decree dissolving parliament and calling elections for June 26 after deputies elected in an inconclusive December election failed to agree on a new prime minister.

The king signed the decree Tuesday in the presence of parliament speaker Patxi Lopez after the May 2 midnight deadline for installing a new government passed. Spain has never had to repeat elections.

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