Power shift: Xavier Bettel could well succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as prime minister
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Politics: Following party meetings on Monday evening, a three-way government coalition looks likely with DP leader Xavier Bettel as prime minister.
Luxembourg city mayor Xavier Bettel looks to have made his choice. Following a meeting of his party executive on Monday, the leading candidate of the DP in the centre constituency has said that a three-way coalition between his party, the LSAP and Déi Gréng presented an “historical opportunity”.
Furthermore, he hinted heavily at his own ambition when he said that a DP prime minister would lead such a constellation. The DP was the big winner at Sunday’s parliamentary election, gaining four seats to take its share in the chamber of deputies to 13, the same as the LSAP (which retained its seats despite being the junior coalition partner, a traditionally weak position entering an election).
The Greens lost one seat, but its six seats coupled with the other two parties gives the so-called Gambia coalition (named after the colours of the flag of the African country, which match the red, blue and green of the three parties) a parliamentary majority of two seats.
The LSAP gave its go-ahead for coalition negotiations with the DP and Greens on Monday. The Greens are set to meet on Tuesday and expected to also confirm their willingness to enter the discussions.
Such a move would leave CSV leader Jean-Claude Juncker, who has been prime minister for 18 years, isolated in his attempt to form a government. It would force the CSV, which still has by far the most seats of any single party in parliament, into opposition for the first time since the 1974 election.