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Dan Kersch

Deputy PM says won’t run for government in next elections



Dan Kersch will not run as head of list in the next legislative elections and will not be a minister in a future government, he announced on 20 September 2021. Library picture: Anthony Dehez/Maison Moderne

Dan Kersch will not run as head of list in the next legislative elections and will not be a minister in a future government, he announced on 20 September 2021. Library picture: Anthony Dehez/Maison Moderne

Deputy prime minister and labour minister Dan Kersch (LSAP) will not run as a top candidate for Luxembourg’s socialists in the 2023 elections, he said on Monday. 

Speaking to RTL roughly two years ahead of the next ballot, Kersch also said that he would not hold a ministerial position in a government during the next term. The decision was taken “in consultation” with Yves Cruchten, the LSAP party president, Crutchten said.

"Since the announcement of a congress in October to change the party statutes to allow a double head of list for the next legislative elections, Dan Kersch is constantly confronted with questions about his possible candidacy," Cruchten said. “He therefore wanted to clarify the situation in order to calm people's minds and put an end to the rumours in the run-up to the congress.”

After two consecutive terms as a minister, it would be a personal decision not to run again, the party said. But Kersch in his interview remained vague about his intention to remain a minister until the end of the current legislature, although he announced that he had ambitious goals for the end of his mandate.

"He has been quite clear that he still has a lot of work to do," said Cruchten. "The question of a change of personnel does not therefore arise.

Kersch on RTL, however, did not rule out running as candidate for member of parliament. For Cruchten, this participation is not in doubt. "He is still in politics, and if he wasn't, I would convince him," he said.

The withdrawal of such a heavyweight from the limelight could cost the LSAP a lot in terms of votes, while the party officials do not yet seem ready to replace Kersch in his southern constituency.

Cruchten would not speculate as for who would be able to replace Kersch as head of the list--and in a possible association with health minister Paulette Lenert (LSAP), Luxembourg’s most popular politician. “We are not talking about candidacies yet; we will decide that at the end of 2022,” he said.

Kersch caused controversy on several occasions throughout the pandemic, first suggesting that self-employed entrepreneurs did not need pandemic subsidies from the government, and later floating the idea of a covid-19 tax on businesses that profited from the crisis of the past year.

This story was first published on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.