Xavier Bettel, the leader of the Luxembourg ALDE Party member Demokratesch Partei (DP), has been officially appointed as Prime Minister of his country by His Royal Highness, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
The 40-year-old former mayor of Luxembourg City will lead a coalition government made up of Liberals, Social Democrats and Greens. The party will also have five new ministers (Education and Research, Finance and Budget, Agriculture, Culture and Housing, Family) as well as the Secretary of State for Education.
Former MEP and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lydie Polfer will succeed Xavier Bettel as mayor.
ALDE Party President Sir Graham Watson said; "I wholeheartedly congratulate the new Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel and his Demokratesch Partei, for having successfully negotiated to form a new government together with the Social Democrats and Greens, providing his country with a real and much-needed alternative. Bettel’s political instinct and courage to take on and challenge the natural leadership of Jean-Claude Juncker’s CSV in Luxembourg is commendable. The only one to have done so before is one of the founding fathers of the European liberal party – Gaston Thorn.”