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"I am Minister and will remain as Minister"

14.03.2012 From our online archive
According to well-informed sources, Jeannot Krecké wished leave his post as Economy Minister to become chairman of the airline Cargolux after the appearance of Qatar Airways in the country.

(ADW) According to well-informed sources, Jeannot Krecké wished leave his post as Economy Minister to become chairman of the airline Cargolux after the appearance of Qatar Airways in the country. However the direction of his party, the LSAP, denied the rumours.

"The Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade has many projects he wants to push in the interests of the national economy and some of which were presented again this afternoon. He will continue to devote all his energy” the statement said yesterday.

Tired by politics

It is known that the Economy Minister is tired of politics. On several occasions he had revealed his “feelings” and difficulties in carrying out economic, political and administrative contingency policies that are transforming the creation of new businesses, an obstacle course for several years.

At a roundtable in November 2010, he even put his own confidence into question. "If I still had to take myself seriously, I should resign." The case caused a stir.

Qataris offered position to Krecké

A possibility of redeployment was offered to Jeannot Krecké with the entrance of Qatar Airways on the scene, taking a 35% state in the Luxembourg freight company Cargolux.

The Qataris did not initially wish the principle shareholder, Luxair, to fill the president of the board chair. Therefore they offered the post to the Luxembourg’s Economy Minister whom they appreciated for his pragmatism during economic talks.

Jeannot Krecké was ready to be seduced by the offer, however his colleagues in the Socialist Party grabbed him by the arm, reluctant to let a personality very much appreciated by the people of Luxembourg for his skills, leave their party. Indeed in at the recent PolitMonitor poll carried out by the Luxemburger Wort and RTL, he ranks fourth in a politicians popularity list with a 69% approval rating.

"I am Minister and remain as Minister," assured Krecké to the Luxemburger Wort. Just before 5pm on Tuesday the Government’s press service underlined the minister’s statement in a communiqué from Krecké in which he denied accusations of him leaving political life as “false."