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Luxembourg Could Get Three-Way Coalition Without Juncker’s CSV

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Luxembourg’s next government could be a three-way coalition among Liberals, Socialists and Greens, pushing current Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker’s party into opposition.

The Liberals, Socialists and Greens will discuss the possibility of a three-way coalition, Xavier Bettel, head of the Liberals party DP, told reporters in Luxembourg tonight. “It’s a historical approach because a three-way coalition so far never happened.”

Juncker’s Christian Social People’s party, or CSV, remained the strongest party even as it lost three seats in yesterday’s elections, moving to 23 seats out of a total of 60 in the Parliament.

The Liberals gained four seats to 13, and the Socialists LSAP maintained their 13 Parliament seats in the vote. The Greens have six seats, after losing one yesterday.

Juncker today offered his government’s resignation to the Grand Duke, who asked his administration to continue to take care of current affairs and any urgent measures that may be needed. Coalition talks could take days or weeks.

CSV has been in government since 1945 except 1974-1979. Juncker, who turns 59 in December, has been Luxembourg’s prime minister since 1995. He called for early elections after the Socialists in July submitted a motion for an early vote, saying Juncker had to be held politically responsible for a spy scandal involving his country’s secret service.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephanie Bodoni in Luxembourg at sbodoni@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jones Hayden at jhayden1@bloomberg.net

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