Spain's government has called early elections to be held in April. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the Socialist party had governed for nearly eight months after a no-confidence vote ousted former PM Mariano Rajoy.
"Spain needs to keep advancing, progressing with tolerance, respect, moderation and common sense," Sanchez told Spaniards in a television address. "I have proposed to dissolve parliament and call elections for April 28," the prime minister said.
The elections will be the third parliamentary vote in Spain in a three-and-a-half year period and will take place roughly one month before EU parliamentary elections are held.
"During these eight months, we have heard things that are very dangerous," Sanchez said of the current political discourse in Spain.
The socialist leader denounced the conservative opposition as obstructionist and decried right-wing accusations that he was an "illegitimate" head of government.
The conservative parties PP, Ciudadanos and far-right Vox, which has seen a surge in support recently, could be able to form a majority together. Such a union has already been formed in regional parliament of Andalusia, after local elections took place there in December.
The leader of PP, Pablo Casado, said on Friday that the new election announcement was a victory for his party, adding that conservatives were the political force that pushed Sanchez to "throw in the towel."
Albert Rivera, leader of Ciudadanos, also welcomed the new vote and hinted at a possible partnership with PP in a coalition, though he stopped short of embracing Vox. What is at stake in the upcoming election, Rivera said, is either "part two of a Frankenstein government or a constitutionalist one."