Politics: François Biltgen and Marie-Josée Jacobs have left--and Marc Spautz and Martine Hansen have joined--the government, in a cabinet reshuffle announced over the weekend.
A pair of new CSV ministers have joined prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker’s government as part of a cabinet reshuffle announced Saturday night.
The reshuffle--which comes just over one year before national elections--was sparked when François Biltgen resigned from the cabinet earlier this month.
He held the justice, public service and administrative reform, higher education and research, communications and media, and religion portfolios.
Martine Hansen, currently director of the agriculture technical academy, was nominated to take over higher education and research.
Octavie Modert will take over the justice and the public service and administrative reform portfolios. Modert remains culture minister, and had been parliamentary relations minister and secretary of state for public service and administrative reform.
Finance minister Luc Frieden will take over communications and media, while Juncker will take over the religion portfolio.
Biltgen is now a candidate replace Jean-Jacques Kasel as Luxembourg’s judge at the European Court of Justice in Kirchberg.
Marie-Josée Jacobs had been family and integration and international cooperation and humanitarian action minister.
Marc Spautz, current head of the CSV’s parliamentary bloc, has been nominated to both these posts, as well as taking over the parliamentary relations portfolio from Modert.
Biltgen and Jacobs will be officially excused from duty by the grand duke on Monday morning, the government's press service said.
Hansen and Spautz are expected to receive the grand duke's approval and be sworn in Tuesday morning.
The Chamber of Deputies does not need to hold a vote of confidence, since the appointments fall within the current coalition government agreement between the CSV and LSAP.