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March 23, 2023

Luxembourg’s PM quits over spy scandal

Luxembourg is to hold early elections after Prime MInister Jean-Claude Juncker announced his resignation following a secret service scandal, Euronews reports. Juncker bowed to pressure from his coalition partner after a parliamentary report concluded the security agency was engaged in illegal activity and misusing public funds.
“I’m not free from mistakes,” admitted Juncker. “I have committed some mistakes, small mistakes. I have responded to parliamentary objections which were raised. Parliament didn’t respond to my objections. So there is no choice other than the choice of calling early elections.”  Although Juncker has denied any personal wrong doing a parliamentary vote laid responsibility for the service’s activities at his door. Opposition Democratic spokesman Claude Meisch said: “What has just happened is what we as the Democratic Party had asked for four weeks ago. That is to call on the government to quit and to make way for a new government via new elections because Luxembourg has a lot of problems and we realised this government was preoccupied with all these scandals.”
Juncker is to offer his resignation today. Once parliament is officially dissolved by Luxembourg’s Grand Duke, elections must take place within three months.
Jean-Claude Juncker was Europe’s longest serving prime minister. He’d governed his country since 1995: The parliamentary vote doesn’t mean an automatic end to his political career as he is likely to stand for office in the next election.

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