Leo Varadkar To Become Ireland's Next Prime Minister
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 12:35
Varadkar, an Indian-origin doctor and Ireland's first openly gay minister, today won the leadership race for the ruling party to become the country's youngest-ever and first homosexual Prime Minister-in-waiting.
Varadkar will become the youngest person to become prime minister, and the first openly gay leader in the country's history.
Mr Varadkar, who came out as gay in the run up to the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum, has been in charge of the welfare system.
Mr. Varadkar, who is himself a medical doctor, secured the leadership after party rank and file members, local councilors, and members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party, cast ballots in a contest that pitted him against fellow minister and Cork TD, Simon Coveney.
The 38-year-old leader will be taking over as the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), later this month when the new session of the parliament begins.
Fine Gael politicians and members voted for the new party leader this week.
"When my father travelled 5000 miles to build a new home in Ireland, I doubt he ever dreamed his son would grow up to be its leader".
Mumbai: A collective whoop of joy rose from the large Varadkar household in Borivli as the result of the Irish prime ministerial election was announced on Friday night.
Varadkar has been criticized, however, for not moving quickly enough to repeal Ireland's ban on abortion, which was reinforced in 1983, when 67 percent of the country voted to amend Ireland's constitution, giving a fetus the same right to life as its mother.
Turning to the runner-up Mr Coveney, he said more united than divided them and "I know we are going to work together to bring Fine Gael and Ireland forward".
Aside from being gay, the social change lies in electing a man with Indian roots. "It is just part of who I am, it does not define me, it is the part of my character I suppose".
"It is not something that defines me". He will be confirmed as Taoiseach, or prime minister, when the Irish parliament reconvenes on June 13.