Indian-origin Leo Varadkar set to become Ireland’s first openly gay Prime Minister

Leo Varadkar is a trained doctor and his father is an Indian immigrant born in Mumbai. Varadkar overcame ministerial colleague Simon Coveney as expected, winning an overwhelming majority among the centre-right party's lawmakers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2017 11:38 pm
ireland, leo varadkar, ireland india pm, ireland gay pm, ireland politics, ireland new pm, ireland news, indian express news Leo Varadkar, while launching his campaign bid for Fine Gael party leader in Dublin, Ireland May 20, 2017. REUTERS/File Photo

Indian-origin Leo Varadkar is set to become Ireland’s Prime Minister as he won the Irish leadership race. Varadkar will also be the country first gay prime minister and the first leader to have Asian roots. At 38, Varadkar is also the youngest leader to hold prime ministerial office. He is currently serving as the Minister for Social Protection in Ireland. Irish PM Enda Kenny resigned as head of the governing Fine Gael party, putting Varadkar and Housing Minister Simon Coveney in the leadership race. So far, Varadkar has managed to secure the support of 46 of Fine Gael’s 73 lawmakers. The party will elect its new leader on June 2.

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Varadkar is a trained doctor and his father is an Indian immigrant born in Mumbai.

Varadkar overcame ministerial colleague Simon Coveney as expected, winning an overwhelming majority among the centre-right party’s lawmakers, who hope the straight-talking Dubliner can lead them to third successive term for the first time. Bar an unexpected development, Varadkar will be voted in as prime minister when parliament next sits on June 13 and become the once-staunchly Catholic country’s first openly gay premier and the youngest person ever to hold the office.

His election marks another chapter in the social change that has swept through the country of 4.6 million people that only decriminalised homosexuality in 1993 but became the first country to adopt gay marriage via a popular vote in 2015.

 

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    Pradeep Phadke
    Jun 3, 2017 at 11:47 am
    IE has a weird sense of finding virtues. Is Leo the PM (in waiting) because he is ? It almost appears that the journos want to suggest that being gives you better chances of becoming PM (of Ireland).
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      Sydu
      Jun 3, 2017 at 5:41 am
      INDIAN ORIGIN CONVERTED FROM HINDU TO CATHOLIC CHRISYIAN AND THAT ALSO (6).
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        Prem
        Jun 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm
        his father married a white women, he is only half-indian
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          Kamal Pasha
          Jun 3, 2017 at 10:38 pm
          PREM : Then he is half . Never mind half or full is .
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        Prem
        Jun 3, 2017 at 4:42 am
        HAAA YYYYYYYYY!
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