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Spain Heading for Repeat Vote After Last-Minute Effort Fails

  • Socialist leader says he doesn't have support to govern
  • Voters may go to the polls in June after six-month impasse
PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez.

PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez.

Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg
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Spain is heading for a second general election in six months after party leaders gave up on efforts to break a political impasse with a May 2 deadline looming.

Socialist party chief Pedro Sanchez, the only candidate with a realistic chance of forming a majority, said he won’t be able to muster the votes required to govern, and accused anti-austerity leader Pablo Iglesias of pursuing a duplicitous strategy during negotiations.