‘One winner — three options’

Published on 21 October 2013 at 09:33


The Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) of former prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker who resigned in July came first in general elections held on October 20, with 33.6 per cent of the vote and 23 seats (out of a total of 60) in Luxembourg’s Chamber of Deputies. This is down from 26 seats in the previous administration.

The opposition conservative-liberal Democratic Party (DP) led by the outgoing mayor of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, won an additional four seats to reach a total of 13. This puts it on an equal footing with the Socialist Worker’s Party (LSAP), led by outgoing foreign affairs minister Jean Asselborn, which was a member of the previous coalition government.

“There was no political earthquake in Luxembourg,” argues Luxemburger Wort, which outlines three possible coalitions: CSV-LSAP, CSV-DP, or what the newspaper argues is a less likely three-party alliance between the LSAP, the DP and The Greens. For his part, Juncker, who has been in power for 18 years, has demanded a renewed mandate to lead the country.

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