Leo Varadkar To Be Irelands First Openly Gay Prime Minister

On Friday night, Leo Varadkar, an Indian-origin doctor and Ireland's first openly gay minister was elected Toiseach, the head of the ruling Fine Gael party in Ireland. He will become Ireland's first gay taoiseach (prime minister).

Varadkar was projected to win over rival candidate Simon Coveney, Ireland's Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

Kenny recently announced he will be stepping down from his post after six years of leading the Fine Gael party.

As he was campaigning for the party leadership, he used his cabinet position as minister for social protection to start a high-profile campaign against welfare fraud, which was seen as a gesture to appeal to Fine Gael's right-wing supporters.

Outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his best wishes to Varadkar, who joined the party as a teenager in secondary school.

"It is just part of who I am", he said at the time.

At 38, Varadkar is now in line to become the youngest person to hold the office of Taoiseach in Ireland.

Varadkar's pick represents a break with tradition also because he is the son of an Indian doctor father - an unusual heritage for an Irish politician.

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"If my election as leader of Fine Gael today has shown anything, it is that prejudice has no hold on this republic", he said.

Leo Varadkar was 22 when he made his foray into Irish politics.

Varadkar said his father traveled 5000 miles to reach Ireland, but never imagined that his son would grow up to lead the nation. He is now serving as the Minister for Social Protection in Ireland.

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.

He added: "Every proud parent in Ireland today can dream big dreams for their children".

'It's not something that defines me.

Two other world leaders, former Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and former Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Siguroardottir, had also gone public with their sexuality.

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