Jean-Claude Juncker, the prime minister of Luxembourg for the past 18 years, speaks during an interview with Xinhua at a polling station in Luxembourg, Oct. 20, 2013. Luxembourg kicked off early general elections on Sunday, with more than 600 polling stations open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. across the tiny but rich country in West Europe. (Xinhua/Wang Xiaojun)
LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- The center-right Christian Social People's Party (CSV) suffered loss of three seats when compared with its last performance in 2009, while still taking the lead in Luxembourg's early general elections on Sunday, official results showed.
The CSV, led by veteran Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker who had resigned over a spying scandal in July, gained 33.66 percent of the votes, or 23 seats in the 60-member parliament, according to the results of all counted votes released by the official website for the elections.
The Democratic Party (DP) however won 13 seats, or four more seats than in the 2009 elections, while the center-left Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP) won 13 seats once again. The Green Party secured six seats.
For now, it remains rather unclear whether Juncker's party is still able to form a coalition government with another party, or whether there is going to be a broad coalition among three different parties against the CSV.
Juncker, now facing an uphill battle, is seen by many as a trustworthy politician capable of protecting Luxembourg's national interests in Europe and elsewhere. He is also a founding father of the euro and the first president of the Eurogroup of Eurozone finance ministers.
"I hope my future will be here (in Luxembourg)," Juncker said earlier on Sunday when he showed up as a voter at a polling station in the south of the Luxembourg city.