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Judgment day for Juncker and government?
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Judgment day for Juncker and government?

22.10.2013 From our online archive
The final showdown in the government crisis is set to start at 2pm on Wednesday with the presentation of the secret service enquiry commission report, followed by a debate, which could lead to the ousting of Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker or the government as a whole.

(CS) The final showdown in the government crisis is set to start at 2pm on Wednesday with the presentation of the secret service enquiry commission report, followed by a debate, which could lead to the ousting of Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker or the government as a whole.

François Bausch (“déi Gréng”) is set to start his presentation of the SREL report at 2pm. At 3pm, the Prime Minister is expected to speak for up to two hours. In his speech the Premier is likely to defend himself against allegations that he was responsible for the mismanagement of the Luxembourg secret service during his time at the helm of the government.

From 5pm, the parliamentary groups of the CSV, LSAP, DP and “déi Gréng” have up to one hour each to speak on the subject, with the ADR, “déi Lénk” and the independent MPs getting a 20-minute slot.

It is expected that a motion will be introduced in parliament, either attacking Juncker individually, or demanding the resignation of the whole government. This echoes previous motions, which “déi Gréng” and the DP tried to introduce in parliament in June, but which failed.

However, there is speculation that the LSAP, the CSV's coalition partner and thereby crucial in any vote, will side with the opposition.

The possible outcomes of Wednesday's session include:

  • The resignation of Jean-Claude Juncker, either voluntarily or through a vote of confidence. Juncker could either name a successor or a new Prime Minister would be appointed to form a new government;
  • the resignation of the entire government, which would call for re-elections. These would have to take place within three months of the obligatory dissolution of parliament. This would mean elections in October;
  • the motions against the Prime Minister and the government fail.

Before the session of the Chamber of Deputies, the government council is set to meet at 11.30am.

Wort.lu will follow the debate and report on the final outcome. The session in parliament could end as late as 10pm.