Georges Ravarani, speaking at a conference in 2011
Politics: Grand Duke Henri has named a judge as “informateur”, who leads preliminary talks on forming the next government.
Luxembourg’s royal court has subtly acknowledged the fact that Jean-Claude Juncker’s 18 year run as prime minister may be coming to an end.
Grand Duke Henri has nominated Georges Ravarani, president of the administrative court, as informateur, the lord chamberlain said in a brief press statement on Wednesday.
The announcement came after the grand duke met with party leaders on Tuesday, including the outgoing prime minister.
The informateur, which means “informer” or “one who indicates”, is charged with discussing the formation of a new government with the country’s political leaders before a proposed cabinet is formally presented to the grand duke.
Following previous elections, the presumed prime ministerial candidate has been named informateur.
However, a neutral person was selected after this year’s poll given the chance of Juncker’s exit.
Although his CSV won the largest share of the vote--and is said to be interested in forming a government with the second-placed DP--a coalition government between the DP, LSAP and Greens, headed by DP chief Xavier Bettel, seems increasingly likely to be formed.
Informateur is a separate post from that of formateur, or prospective prime minister, who is officially chartered with assembling and putting forward a cabinet to the grand duke.