The make-up of the chamber of deputies is now complete. 15 women are among the 60 MPs from 7 parties who will sit here for the next five years.
Photo: Mike Zenari (archives)
Following the confirmation of the make-up of the new cabinet, a total of 17 MPs who have entered parliament as “next on list” candidates were sworn in to parliament on Thursday.
The way the Luxembourg electoral system works means that it is only until after the new government is sworn in that political parties finalise which of their candidates will sit in parliament. Government ministers, who generally received the most votes on their party lists, make way in parliament for the next on list candidates.
This year that left 17 seats unfilled until Thursday, when the new MPs were officially sworn in. Among them were some notable names such as Henri Kox, who has been an MP since 2004. He not only had to wait until Carole Dieschbourg from his eastern constituency (where he placed second on the Déi Gréng list) was officially made a cabinet minister, but also had to decide with his older brother Martin, who placed fourth for Déi Gréng in the south, which of them would become an MP--parliamentary rules forbid second-degree relatives and married couples from sitting in the Chamber of Deputies.
Five first-time MPs were among the 17. They include the youngest current member of parliament, 26-year old Djuna Bernard from Déi Gréng, as well as her fellow party members Stéphanie Empain, Marc Hansen and Carlo Back, alongside Carole Hartmann from the DP.