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In Bous, outcry against non-respect of voters' wishes
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In Bous, outcry against non-respect of voters' wishes

04.11.2017 From our online archive
In the majority commune of Bous, longtime mayor Jos Johanns reacted with incomprehension and resignation to the way in which the new communal council came about.

In the majority commune of Bous, longtime mayor Jos Johanns reacted with incomprehension and resignation to the way in which the new communal council came about. 

"What went on behind the scenes completely runs against the electoral will," Johanns told the Luxemburger Wort. 

Johanns emerged as first elected from the communal elections, however, the majority of elected candidates no longer wanted him as mayor. 

His successor will now be Carlo Kütten, who came in fifth place in the elections. 

"Mr. Kütten has zero experience and has never done politics. This is a trickery done behind the backs of voters, "Johanns argued.

Johanns and alderman Aurore Rössler turned to the public with that same message, and when the composition of the new communal council became known, many citizens approached him and complained that the election result was not respected. 

"No one needs to go vote anymore, if the elected ones do what they want anyway afterwards," Johanns criticises and concludes: "I have to live with the result, but I find it pathetic how it came about." 

 The 65-year-old Johanns has been in municipal politics for 36 years and mayor of Bous for 24 years. 

He has nothing to reproach himself for his time in office, on the contrary: "The commune is doing well, a lot has been invested, and without any significant indebtedness," said Johanns. 

Carlo Kütten did not deny the merits of his predecessor when asked by the Wort, nevertheless, he said it was time for a change. 

Johanns said he was ready to give up the mayor's office after three years and to prepare a fresh start. "That would have been a clean transition. I'm not hanging on to my post, " he said.

(By Volker Bingenheimer, translated from German by Barbara Tasch)