The king of Spain, Felipe VI, signed a decree on Tuesday which dissolved the nation’s parliament. This is the first time such an action has been taken since Spain’s return to democracy in 1978.
The decree came after the months of political gridlock following last December’s inconclusive elections, which left elected officials incapable of deciding who the next prime minister should be.
Last December’s elections saw the rise of new parties who had a fracturing effect on Spain’s established political environment. The end result was that no party received enough seats to qualify for a ruling government and none of the parties were able to cooperate and form a coalition government.
The decree signed by King Felipe VI set the 26th of June as the date of the next parliamentary election. However, polling suggests this second round of voting will likely have the same result as the last and Spain’s political woes may extend into, and maybe beyond, the summer.