Leo Varadkar set to become Ireland's new prime minister

Randall Padilla
June 4, 2017

Varadkar, 38, will officially take over as Taoiseach, as the Irish prime ministerial title is known in Ireland, in Parliament later this month after he was declared the victor in the leadership race for the Fine Gael party. Varadkar's father, Ashok, was born in Mumbai in India while Varadkar's mother, Miriam, is English.

Leo Varadkar will become the Republic of Ireland's next taoiseach, or prime minister, after being named the new leader of the Fine Gael party.

A former doctor whose Twitter bio notes that he talks too much, Varadkar came out in 2015 while campaigning in support of a national referendum that would allow same-sex marriage.

Varadkar overcame ministerial colleague and housing minister Simon Coveney's challenge when the governing Fine Gael party elected him as its new leader on Friday.

Varadkar's sole opponent, Housing Minister Simon Coveney, whose roots in the party run deep, won the backing of almost two-thirds of the party's regular members.

Leo Varadkar arrives at the count centre as it is announced that he won the Fine Gael parliamentary elections to replace the Irish prime minister as party leader.

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. Prior to becoming a politician, Varadkar was a doctor; his partner, Matthew Barrett, is also a doctor.

Opposition MPs were quick to denounce Varadkar's election, with his constituency rival Ruth Coppinger of the left-wing Solidarity party claiming that his campaign had given people a glimpse of the kind of divisive policies Fine Gael would like to pursue.

Varadkar on course to become Ireland's youngest ever Taoiseach.

The Irish parliament must still confirm his nomination when it reconvenes after a break on June 13. It's just part of who I am'.

"It is not something that defines me".

If confirmed as prime minister, Varadkar will lead a country still emerging from the shadow of the 2008 global financial crisis, which hit the debt-fueled "Celtic Tiger" economy particularly hard.

He wants to reform tax laws for the self-employed, and create a ban on strikes for "essential" public workers.

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