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No majority for government coalition

2 min. 09.01.2016 From our online archive
If parliamentary elections were to be held this Sunday, the result would be monumental. At least, that's what the latest trends suggest...

(CBu/NG) If parliamentary elections were to be held this Sunday, the result would be monumental. At least, that's what the latest trends suggest, per a survey published in the "Tageblatt".

While the DP would suffer losses across the board with its constituencies, the CSV, ADR and Déi Lénk could draw gains.

The DP, LSAP and Greens would be unable to form a majority. These three parties would account for 24 seats in the Chambre, compared to the current 32. The CSV could boast a historic result with 27 seats alone, four more than in October 2013 .

DP in a free fall in the polls

The dwindling blue-red-green majority would mainly be due to the setback of the DP: it would fall from 13 seats (as per election results in 2013) to eight seats--that's even worse than the nine seats it had in 2009.

The weakness of the Prime Minister's party is particularly significant with the central constituency, where it was traditionally booming. The DP there would garner 16.4  percent of the vote--compared to 25 percent in 2013--meaning four seats instead of the current six.

The Socialists, with 12.4 percent , would lose more than two percentage points compared to the last elections, but they would retain their three centre seats.

LSAP would lose three seats in the south

But it is in the south where the party 's Deputy Prime Minister, Etienne Schneider, would have the most to lose, yielding three of the seven seats won in 2013. Also in the south, the DP would fall from 12.74 percent to 7.9 percent--from three to two seats. In the north and east, the liberals would lose a seat each time as well.

Opposition parties on the rise

The Greens would maintain their position at the national level. The seventh seat lost during the 2013 elections could even be won back in the centre.

But the undisputed winners of the survey were the CSV, winning four seats at the national level, as well as the ADR (an additional two seats). Déi Lénk could also snatch a third seat in the Chambre.

Finally, the survey points out that a return of the communists would be possible, with a seat given by the south constituency to the KPL.

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