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46 out of 47 MPs elected in local councils



Being an MP gives high visibility in local elections and seems to pay off. Out of the 60 MPs, 47 registered as candidates for the local elections on 8 October 2017. Maison Moderne archives

Being an MP gives high visibility in local elections and seems to pay off. Out of the 60 MPs, 47 registered as candidates for the local elections on 8 October 2017. Maison Moderne archives

47 out of the 60 members of parliament stood as candidates for the communal elections held on 8 October; only one member wasn’t elected.

Fernand Kartheiser from the ADR was the only MP with insufficient votes to win a seat on the new commune council of Käerjeng.

Among the parties elected, 9 MPs were from the DP, 19 from CSV, 5 from the Greens, 10 from the LSAP, 2 from Déi Lénk and 1 from the ADR.

15 MPs will be mayors, as Le Quotidien reported on 11 October. Even if the DP has lost one seat in the capital, Lydie Polfer will be the mayor of Luxembourg City for a third time.

In Differdange, where the Greens gained a majority, Roberto Traversini was elected mayor for the next 6 years. In Mondorf, as a new council head, Lex Delles (DP) scored his personal best. In Sanem, the LSAP remains the strongest with Georges Engel as mayor. Léon Gloden (CSV) will be the mayor of Grevenmacher and in Bettembourg Laurent Zeimet (CSV) stays head of the local council.

Other MP-mayors include: Claude Haagen (LSAP, Diekirch); Marc Lies (CSV, Hesperange); Michel Wolter (CSV, Käerjeng); Gilles Roth (CSV, Mamer); Octavie Modert (CSV, Stadtbredimus); Marco Schank (CSV; Esch-sur-Sûre); Edy Mertens (DP, Troisvierges); Emile Eicher (CSV, Clervaux) and Félix Eischen (CSV, Kehlen).

Only three MPs lost their mayoral seats: Henri Kox, from the Greens in Remich; Joëlle Elvinger from the DP in Walferdange; and Cécile Hemmen from the LSAP in Weiler-la-Tour.

Correction: A previous version of this article inadvertently omitted 3 MPs from 2 parties from the third paragraph. This was updated on 12 October at 4pm.