Xavier Bettel invited to form a government
Following five days of intensive negotiations Xavier Bettel the leader of the Democratic Party (DP) has been invited to form a new government. This is in a coalition with the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and The Greens (Déi Gréng). The three parties have indicated that they are willing to work together in what is being called the ‘Gambia coalition’ because of the red, blue and green stripes of Gambia’s flag.
The Democrats and Socialists have 13 seats apiece and the Greens have six seats, giving the new coalition 32 seats in the 60 seat Chamber of Deputies.
The move will see Europe’s longest serving Prime Minister, Jean Claude Juncker, and his Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) out of power for the first time since 1974.
Xavier Bettel met with the Grand Duke today at 2 p.m. local time and was appointed the position of “Formateur” which means that he is in charge of forming a new government. The Formateur indicated that negotiations to form a new government would start on Tuesday at 9 a.m. local time.