Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker has announced that he will seek an early election after he lost the support of his junior coalition partner.
The move came as the Socialist Party of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn called for the dissolution of parliament over a secret service scandal.
After a marathon debate in Parliament, Juncker bowed to pressure from his coalition partner and the opposition after a parliamentary report concluded that the country’s security agency SREL was engaged in illegal activity and misusing public funds.
The report alleged that Juncker had limited control over the security agency despite being the responsible minister and that he failed to inform either the parliamentary control committee or the justice authorities about its illegal operations.
Mr Juncker has been prime minister since 1995 and was head of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers between 2005 and January 2013.
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