In Luxembourg: What exactly will Guillaume do during the transition?

In Luxembourg: What exactly will Guillaume do during the transition?
In Luxembourg: What exactly will Guillaume do during the transition?

“The system of lieutenancy is not precisely determined by the Constitution. “Is this a simple mandate of representation or a real transfer of responsibilities?” asks former minister Alex Bodry. In any case, publication of the representation mandate is desirable to ensure legal certainty!”

If Henri will remain Grand Duke until his abdication, the Constitution (article 58) provides that he can be represented by the lieutenant-representative, in this case the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, who will take office after a oath before the Chamber of Deputies next October.

“In the past, we did not publish a representation mandate,” says Alex Bodry, who lived through the transitional period between Jean and Henri at the end of the 1990s, as a minister. But the socialist explains that in addition to his economic missions abroad, the hereditary Grand Duke may be entrusted with a certain number of tasks, such as signing grand ducal laws and regulations, conducting interviews with ministers, or even accredit an ambassador. With restrictions? “For example, Grand Duke Adolphe (1817-1905) reserved relations with foreign heads of state,” notes Alex Bodry.

In terms of personality for the exercise of power, the former minister believes that Henri and Guillaume have “a lot of similarities”. He notes, however, that the Hereditary Grand Duke benefited from a “much freer” education since he attended Luxembourg schools. “He benefited from more normality, he was in much more contact with “ordinary” people,” he concludes.

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