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Indian-origin doc becomes Ireland's first gay prime minister

Parmenio Sano | 18 Giugno, 2017, 03:23

The 38-year-old Mr Varadkar, the right-wing son of an immigrant Indian doctor, is expected to be elected Ireland's youngest and first gay premier.

The Irish Independent reported that Minister Simon Coveney, who was Mr. Varadkar's rival for the Fine Gael leadership, would be appointed the new Minister for Foreign Affairs with incumbent minister, Charlie Flanagan, moving to the Department of Justice.

Questions already loom over how long the new Taoiseach - Ireland's 13th - can hold on to the office.

Leo Varadkar is Ireland's new taoiseach.

Mr Varadkar was seconded by one of the Dail's newest TDs, Josepha Madigan, of Dublin Rathdown, who was elected in February past year.

Accepting his elevation to the most powerful office in the country, the Fine Gael leader said: "I've been elected to lead but I promise to serve".

He will be nominated as Taoiseach in the Dáil on Wednesday, before he travels to meet President Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin, where he will be given his seal of office.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated Leo Varadkar on becoming Ireland's Prime Minister and said he looked forward to working with him to enhance relations between the two countries. "It doesn't define me", he said at the time.


His colleagues in the Fine Gael party, however, is pinning hopes on the straight talking Varadkar, who they believe can widen their appeal in elections that may be triggered as soon as next year.

According to CNN, former party leader Enda Kenny stepped down after being Taoiseach since 2002.

Varadkar, a doctor, is the son of an Indian doctor and an Irish nurse.

It was during the 2015 Same-Sex Marriage referendum, with declaration of his sexual orientation that he became the first openly gay Irish government minister.

"The government that I lead will not be one of left or right, because those old divisions don't comprehend the political challenges of today", Varadkar told lawmakers Wednesday.

"Leadership should never be about just one person", he said.

Mr Kenny made his final speech to the Dáil on Tuesday, stating that he had always strived to get the best for the Irish people.

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