was designated “formateur” late Monday afternoon, which means Frieden has a chance to be the country’s next prime minister.
Frieden was seen entering the Grand Ducal Palace shortly before 5pm. After a roughly 40-minute meeting, the palace the grand duke “invited Mr Luc Frieden (CSV) for an audience to name him formateur of a new government.”
“Formateur” literally means a ‘former’ or ‘instructor’ but is a prospective PM who has formally been given a mandate to assemble and put forward a cabinet to the grand duke that will secure a parliamentary vote of confidence. A formateur is named when the shape of a government is clear, but a coalition agreement still needs to be brokered. There is no guarantee that a formateur’s talks will succeed and it is possible that the grand duke could name another formateur if negotiations stall or fail.
Frieden’s CSV won the largest bloc, 21 MPs, in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. CSV party leaders, along with those of the second-placed DP, the party of outgoing PM , were both expected to meet on Monday evening to discuss coalition negotiation strategies.