Oct. 25, 2013, 11:58 a.m.
Voters participated in early elections to the Chamber of Deputies on October 20, 2013. Early elections were held after the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party / Lëtzebuerger Sozialistesch Arbechterpartei (LSAP) withdrew from the ruling coalition following allegations of wiretapping ordered by the Prime Minister Jean-Claude JUNCKER. In the election, voters elect 60 members to the Chamber of Deputies through open list proportional representation with the option of panachage. JUNCKER’s Christian Social People’s Party / Chrëschtlech Sozial Vollekspartei (CSV) won the most seats in the election, winning 23 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, after gaining 1,103,636 total votes (33.68 percent) in the election. Despite winning the most votes in the election, JUNCKER faces the possibility of losing the position of Prime Minister, as the opposition parties are discussing the formation of a minority government. Finishing second in the election was the LSAP, former coalition partners of the CSV. The LSAP won 664,586 votes (20.28 percent) in the election and will have 13 seats in the new Chamber of Deputies. The Democratic Party / Demokratesch Partei (DP), led by the Mayor of Luxembourg City Xavier BETTEL, finished third in the election with 597,879 votes (18.25 percent), and will have 13 seats in the Chamber of Deputies. Coming in fourth with 6 seats and 331,920 votes (10.13 percent) was The Greens / Déi gréng. In the election, 218,453 Luxembourgers (85 percent) cast their ballots.