General elections in Luxembourg

by Thomas Krings
"Gambia" government confirmed

General elections were held in Luxembourg on 14 October 2018. 

The Chamber of Deputies is the Parliament of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It is made up of 60 Members of Parliament and is elected for a five-year term by means of mixed one-person-one-vote suffrage and a system of proportional representation.The current coalition government of the Grand Duchy consists of the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP), and The Greens. The largest party in Parliament, the Christian Social People's Party (CSV), has been the opposition. It has largely been expected that the CSV would win the elections and would hence be heading the new government after Sunday.

However, the CSV which is also the political home of  EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, has lost two seats and surprisingly, the current government, lead by liberal Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has been confirmed. Bettel has just been tasked by Grand Duc Henri to act as a so-called “formateur” and “to put together” a government. The coalition talks between the three parties have already started.

The Liberals (DP) managed to keep (more or less) their results from 2013 and lost only one seat. The LSAP lost two seats and the Greens, as the third partner in the coalition government, came out as the big winner by gaining  three seats. After the elections the three parties will hold a total of 31 seats and keep a tight majority. Also the “Pirates” won two seats, the Alternative Democratic Reform Party (ADR), a national-conservative movement, has won one additional seat, having four seats now and the Left Party could keep their two seats.

The new government is called “ the Gambia II government”, named after the colors of the flag of Gambia . Every party has its “own” color within the political system: blue for the DP, red for the LSAP and green for the Greens.