Ireland has made history by electing their first openly gay Prime Minister
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 20:23
With Indian-origin minister Leo Varadkar being widely tipped to become the next Prime Minister of Ireland, his family in Mumbai is much elated and praying for his win.
Mumbai: Amid the celebrations of Leo Varadkar's victory in the Ireland's Prime Ministerial elections, his extended family in Mumbai can not wait to congratulate him in person. Conservative politician Leo Varadkar has been elected as the head of the Fine Gael party and will assume control of the country's coalition government.
"It's a dramatic generational shift", said Noel Whelan, a political analyst in Dublin.
Varadkar, who held several ministerial portfolios, is now serving as Ireland's minister for social protection.
Leo Varadkar is set to become Ireland's youngest ever leader and the first who is openly gay.
"It would be a monumental piece of history for the once-staunchly Catholic country", wrote Gay News in the UK. Varadkar shared his sexual orientation with the public before a 2015 referendum on gay marriages in the country.
The centre-right Mr Varadkar will learn if he will be taoiseach on June 13 when the Dail parliament resumes after a week-long break.
Members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party will vote this morning in the election to choose Enda Kenny's successor as party leader.
"If my election as leader of Fine Gael today has shown anything, it is that prejudice has no hold on this republic", he said.
Coveney captured majority support among grassroots members, but Varadkar won over the crucial parliamentarian college. Varadkar and Housing Minister Simon Coveney were in the leadership race. "They said, 'Why not?' And now it is actually coming true", Avinash said. He made news in 2015 when he came out as gay, an announcement that was initially met with some shock by his father but who, he said later, was "very supportive". Irish politicians were among the last sectors of our society to come out of the closet but now at least we've got one gay man and a lesbian, Catherine Zappone, both in the cabinet.