Ireland gets set for its first gay conservative Prime Minister

10 Juin, 2017, 21:32 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
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He is highly likely to become prime minister in Ireland's coalition government, although not immediately. They have already spoken to Varadkar's parents to express their best wishes.

He's played down his sexuality since revealing that he was gay in a television interview two years ago, just before the country voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to allow same-sex marriages.

While speaking to The Asian Age, Shekhar Vardkar, Leo's first cousin said, "Right now we are keeping our fingers crossed for everything to happen smoothly. He had proved that nothing is impossible", Varadkar added.

Leo Varadkar, the 38-year-old Minister for Social Protection, was elected leader of the ruling Fine Gael party on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Counting has begun in a party vote which will determine who Ireland's next prime minister will be.

Varadkar had already received the publicly declared support of nearly two-thirds of the parliamentary party - who account for 65 percent of the vote - meaning his defeat among ordinary members was unlikely to change the expected outcome.

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Varadkar said his father traveled 5000 miles to reach Ireland, but never imagined that his son would grow up to lead the nation.

The Dublin-born son of Mumbai-born Ashok Varadkar and Irish mother Miriam served as Ireland's Welfare Minister and emerged as the most popular choice since he announced his candidacy after current leader Enda Kenny stepped down as Prime Minister earlier this year.

Mr Kenny said he would provide a "brief but appropriate period" for Mr Varadkar to engage with other parties and groupings about leading the country.

Leo Varadkar is set to become Ireland's youngest ever leader and the first who is openly gay.

He was a practising doctor before joining politics and being elected in 2007.

58% of Clare Fine Gael members are reported to have cast ballots in the party's leadership election last night. With social policies, they're a bit more liberal; Fine Gael supported the move to marriage equality.

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