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Luxembourg Swears In First Gay Prime Minister

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Luxembourg swore in a new prime minister for the first time in nearly two decades on Wednesday. Xavier Bettel, the former mayor of Luxembourg city, also will be the country’s first openly gay premier and Europe’s third openly gay head of government following Iceland’s former Premier Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and Belgium’s current Premier Elio Di Rupo.

Deutsche Welle reports:

Luxembourg has sworn in Xavier Bettel as its first openly gay prime minister, signaling social reforms. He replaces Jean-Claude Juncker, who was the EU’s longest-serving head of government, with 19 years in power.

Luxembourg’s long-serving premier Jean-Claude Junker moved into opposition on Wednesday. The reigns of government were handed to liberal Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who emerged as winner of snap elections in October.

Grand Duke Henri – Luxembourg’s head of state – swore in Bettel’s new three-party coalition cabinet, consisting of 15 ministers and three state secretaries.

Bettel is in a relationship with Destenay Gauthier, with whom he often appears at public events.

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