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Bettel sworn in as PM, second term begins of coalition govt


Devdiscourse News Desk luxembourg city Luxembourg
Updated: 05-12-2018 20:52 IST
Bettel sworn in as PM, second term begins of coalition govt

Bettel's government plans a stronger environmental drive, with some free public transport from 2020, to invest more in public services and to legalise the recreational use of cannabis. (Image Credit: Wikimedia)

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was sworn in for a second term on Wednesday after his liberal-led coalition secured a narrow victory in an election in October.

Bettel's government plans a stronger environmental drive, with some free public transport from 2020, to invest more in public services and to legalise the recreational use of cannabis.

The foreign policy of the European Union's wealthiest but second smallest state is unlikely to change much, with Jean Asselborn keeping his post as foreign minister while Pierre Gramegna remains finance minister in the new administration.

Bettel's Democratic Party, the Socialist Workers Party (LSAP) and the Greens, who have together ruled the Grand Duchy since 2013 signed a new accord until 2023 on Monday and settled ministerial posts on Tuesday.

The Christian Social People's Party (CSV) - which was led for 19 years by EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker - remained the largest party in parliament, but lost seats, as did the LSAP and the Democratic Party.

However, because the Greens gained, the three parties in government have 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

(With inputs from agencies.)

COUNTRY : Luxembourg

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