This October, the citizens of Luxembourg, both in the Grand-Duchy and abroad had, the opportunity to participate in the national legislative election to elect the new members to the national assembly and therefore Prime Minister. What came as a surprise to many, the 3 political parties which had ruled Luxembourg through a coalition over the last five years, the Liberal Party (DP), Socialist Workers Party (LSAP), and the Greens came out on top over the opposition.

Following two months of negotiating between the parties, the “Gambia 2” national government was sworn in today by his royal highness Grand Duke Henri. The government coalition is called “Gambia” because the official colors of the three parties make up the same colors as the flag of the African country Gambia. The new government is nicknamed Gambia 2 by the press.

Xavier Bettel remains Prime Minister and Étienne Schneider remains Deputy Prime Minister. The leader of the Green Party Felix Braz was also named Deputy Prime Minister in recognition of his party’s increased performance in this year’s election.

Barring any unforeseen events, the coalition will be in power until the next election in five years’ time.

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