Rajoy suggested that his first approach would be to try and form a minority administration.
The country's next government will need to show it is serious about fiscal policy.
'Winter is coming' and there is no new Spanish government in sight.
A look at all the options available to PM Rajoy, the King and politicians for Spain's new government.
Spaniards will cast their ballots on December 20 after a turbulent few years for Spanish politics.
However, those with long-term diseases still don't qualify for free medication, as Rajoy reverses 2012 decision.