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CSV wins the election, but DP triumphs on Sunday

CSV wins the election, but DP triumphs on Sunday

3 min. 21.10.2013 From our online archive
The CSV remained the strongest party in Luxembourg in the 2013 general elections on Sunday; however, the DP was the clear winner of the day.

(CS) The CSV remained the strongest party in Luxembourg in the 2013 general elections on Sunday; however, the DP was the clear winner of the day.

Following the first official results, posted by communes across Luxembourg, a trend was already emerging, with the CSV and the LSAP both losing seats in favour of the DP.

These results were supported by the first nation-wide projections announced by RTL and TNS Ilres around 8pm.

Statistics showed that the DP had gained tens of thousands of voters from the CSV.

Just after midnight, the commune of Esch/Alzette posted its final results, confirming projections that the CSV would lose one seat and the DP gain one.

This saw initial projections about the distribution of seats in parliament confirmed:

  • "déi Lénk": 2 (+1)
  • ADR: 3 (-1)
  • KPL: 0
  • DP 13 (+4)
  • "Piratepartei": =
  • "déi Gréng": 6 (-1)
  • LSAP: 13
  • CSV: 23 (-3)
  • PID: 0

Overall, the distribution of votes was as follows:

  • CSV: 33.68 percent
  • LSAP: 20.28 percent
  • DP: 18.25 percent
  • "déi Gréng": 10.13 percent
  • ADR: 6.64 percent
  • "déi Lénk": 4.94 percent
  • "Piratepartei": 2.94 percent
  • KPL: 1.64 percent
  • PID: 1.5 percent

At the LSAP election night HQ feelings were mixed on Sunday. While it was announced that the party had gained a seat in the north, they lost elsewhere.

Overall, the party was able to score a stable result and keep its 13 seats in parliament. Schneider commented on the night that there are still options for the LSAP to remain in government, but that he could also see the socialists as a strong opposition party.

The DP's Xavier Bettel declared the DP the winner of the elections, saying that the party is ready to take on responsibility. The Luxembourg mayor said that he would remain in his post leading the capital's commune.

No definitive statements on possible coalitions

None of the parties made any definitive statements about possible coalitions. However, Schneider commented that another LSAP and CSV coalition would not necessarily be the most democratic, since it would exclude the party with the biggest gain in voter trust.

Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker meanwhile insisted that the CSV remains the biggest party, which has secured the overall victory in all four electoral district. He said that there are rules and that the CSV should lead coalition talks.

Bettel said that election night is not the moment to start making demands, but added that the party's election programme will take centre-stage in the negotiations.

The Luxembourg City mayor was also hesitant to discuss whether a DP candidate might be the next Prime Minister.

A so-called Gambia coalition is on the table, with the DP, "déi Gréng" and LSAP scoring a joint 32 seats. However, the CSV together with the LSAP or the DP would also secure a majority.

All top politicians, however, agreed that the country needs a government to drive the country forward and tackle the country's future and the challenges that it faces.

Boost of confidence for smaller parties

Meanwhile, the elections were a big confidence boost for the Pirate Party, which reached a final score of 2.94 percent, well ahead of newly-formed party PID. While the KPL did not manage to enter parliament it also saw an increase in voter support.

"Déi Lénk", which gained a seat in parliament said that the result shows that the party is a serious contender in Luxembourg politics and here to stay.

The ADR largely blamed the loss of one seat on an internal rift within the party last year, which saw several members depart and the leadership change. Among others, MP Jean Colombera left the party in 2012, saying that he no longer identified with its policies, and founded the PID.

The atmosphere was also subdued at the headquarters of the Green party on Sunday. Despite positive predictions ahead of the elections the outcome of the vote saw the party lose a seat, leaving party leaders disappointed.

In the next steps, the Prime Minister will present the resignation of the government to the Grand Duke, who will then hold talks with the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Laurent Mosar, and appoint a so-called "formateur" to help form the new government.