Indian origin Leo Varadkar set to become next Ireland Prime Minister
Varadkar will become the Catholic country's first gay Prime Minister and the youngest person ever to hold the office.
Ireland's governing Fine Gael Party on 2 June 2017 elected Leo Varadkar as its new leader to succeed Enda Kenny as the Prime Minister. Varadkar is a gay son of an Indian immigrants.
Varadkar won an overwhelming majority among the centre-right party's lawmakers and defeated ministerial colleague Simon Coveney. However, Varadkar will be voted in as the next Prime Minister of the country during Ireland's Parliament session on 13 June 2017.
With this, Varadkar will become the Catholic country's first gay Prime Minister and the youngest person ever to hold the office. He is a son of an Irish nurse and a doctor from India.
Varadkar entered the Irish politics in 2004, when he polled almost 5000 votes in a local government election in the Dublin West constituency. Three years later in 2007, he was elected to represent the area in parliament.
In 2014, he became Ireland’s Minister for Health and in 2016, he entered a minority coalition as a Minister for Social Protection.
Varadkar's election marks another chapter in the social change in Ireland, the country of 4.6 million people that decriminalized homosexuality in 1993 but became the first country to adopt gay marriage via a popular vote in 2015.
He personifies the liberalisation of a country which was once regarded as one of Europe's most socially conservative nations where homosexuality was illegal until 1993.