Grand Duke to conduct “series of consultations”
(CS) Luxembourg's royal household has announced that the head of state, Grand Duke Henri, will take some time for “reflection” and “conduct a series of consultations”, following Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker's request for a call for snap elections.
The Premier met with the Grand Duke at 2.30pm on Thursday afternoon, following a meeting of the government earlier in the day, where it was suggested that the government and parliament remain in place until October, when snap elections are set to take place.
It is expected that the Grand Duke will meet with representatives of the country's parties, before announcing re-elections.
It has emerged that the Chamber of Deputies could be dissolved around October 8, with elections on October 20.
Leaving the Grand Ducal palace on Thursday, Juncker was applauded by groups of bystanders who had gathered outside.
“Of course” Juncker will stand for elections
The Premier is expected to stand in elections, saying on Thursday that he would like to run for office, but that it was up to the CSV to make this decision.
The CSV on its website meanwhile announced that the party supports Juncker, and CSV party president Michel Wolter commented to media that Juncker would “of course” stand for election.
A decision could come as early on Thursday evening, when the CSV has convened a party congress.
Meanwhile fellow CSV politician and EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding commented that: "I truly hope that Jean-Claude Juncker will lead the party [CSV] in the next elections. I could not think of anyone better than Jean-Claude Juncker to lead our country. "
There had been speculation that Reding could be a possible contender to run for the office of Prime Minister; however, Reding refused these claims saying that she has no intention to leave her post in the EU or stand in elections in Luxembourg.