Juncker to ask Grand Duke for re-elections
(CS) Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker announced that he would meet with the Grand Duke on Thursday, asking him to call for re-elections, marking the culmination of the secret service scandal, which has been rocking the country for months.
At the end of a marathon session in parliament, which began at 2pm on Wednesday, Luxembourg's Premier thus preempted motions by coalition partner LSAP and the opposition parties demanding re-elections.
Juncker seemed disappointed that the LSAP sided with the opposition over the issue of early elections, saying that he could have never imagined such a reaction after 25 years of cooperation.
The Premier also said that the speakers had not addressed his explanations and statements made during his two-hour speech, and that he was aware that several motions had been filed against the government.
The government is set to meet at 10am on Thursday and Juncker said he would then meet with the Grand Duke.
As the head of state, only the Grand Duke can officially dissolve parliament. While the government would essentially remain intact until the early elections, it would be unable to pass laws or make any other decisions, which necessitate a vote in the Chamber of Deputies.
However, as the parliamentary session on Wednesday was the last before the summer break, it is unlikely that the government will have to face any important decision-making until re-elections, which could take place in October.
What effect this transition stage will have on the involvement of the government on other levels, for example the position of cabinet ministers on EU level, or even the seat on the UN Security Council remains unclear at this point.
Once parliament is dissolved, re-elections will have to take place within three months, which points towards a summer elections campaign.