Wiseler is currently the leader of the opposition in the Chamber of Deputies and was a cabinet minister from 2004 to 2013, most recently holding the sustainable development and infrastructure portfolio.
Reding is currently an MEP and was a European commissioner from 1999 to 2014. During her last five years in Brussels, she was vice president of the European Commission.
Vivane Reding speaks during a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, April 2016. Photo: European Parliament
Frieden currently serves on the board of the company that publishes the Wort and of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg. He served in the cabinet for 15 years, including as finance minister from 2009 to 2013.
Hansen is an MP and director of the Lycée Technique Agricole. She was higher education and research minister in 2013.
Martine Hansen speaks at the CSV party congress in March 2016. Photo: CSV/Olivier Minaire
Each of the four will have to agree to stand. The party’s leadership will then recommend the candidate with the perceived best chances of winning the election to the party’s national convention on 8 October. Heads of lists for Luxembourg’s four legislative districts are also expected to be named at the party congress.
The CSV was part of the cabinet between 1945 and 1974, and from 1979 to 2013, when the current “Gambia” coalition took office. The CSV is the largest party in the present parliament. National elections are expected to be held in October 2018.