Leo Varadkar: Doctor and Ireland’s youngest PM
LONDON: Leo Varadkar, a 38-year-old Indian physician, scénarienne history Wednesday made the prime minister openly gay young and the first country of Catholic majority, as promised to build a “Republic of opportunity.”
Varadkar, the prime minister of Indian origin in the country, officially took charge of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, while the Prime Minister as it is known, after a parliamentary vote in Dublin has confirmed as the leader by 57 votes to 50 and 47 Abstentions.
The former family doctor, who is the son of an Irish nurse and a doctor from India, won the leadership of the Fine Gael party earlier this month. He made his rival, Simon Coveney, the party’s second leader.
Speaking to the Dail (Irish Parliament), after his election, Varadkar said: “I was elected to lead but I promise to serve.”
“The government I lead will not be a left or right because these old divisions do not include today’s political challenges. The government has led a new European centers as we seek to build a republic of opportunity,” Varadkar said.
He then traveled to the presidential residence, Aras and Uachtarain where President Michael D. Higgins gave him the stamps to officially confirm his appointment.
Former Taoiseach Kenny Varadkar appointed to succeed him at the beginning of Dail’s proceedings today, saying he would exercise his function with integrity and competence.
“As the country’s youngest holder of the office, he speaks to a new generation of women from Ireland and Ireland,” he said.
“He (Varadkar) represents a modern, diverse and inclusive Ireland and speaks to them like no other, an Ireland in which every person can develop their full potential and live their dreams,” said Kenny.
After winning the party leadership earlier this month, Varadkar had said: “If my choice shows anything, this prejudice has no restriction in this Republic.”
“When my father traveled 5000 miles to build a new home in Ireland, I doubt he ever dreamed his son would become their leader,” he said.
Born in Dublin Ashok Varadkar, a native of Bombay and Irish mother Miriam, were the Irish Minister of Social Welfare and emerged as the most popular choice since he announced his candidacy after Kenny had resigned as prime minister earlier this year.
Varadkar has qualified as a physician at the prestigious Trinity College in Dublin and was elected first counselor at the age of 24 and took place at the Dail in 2007.
Varadkar defeated Coveney Housing Minister in the race for leadership, which took the two-thirds vote of party members, but lost the most popular candidate in the end.
Varadkar emerged as a gay man in 2015, when Ireland became the first country to legalize gay marriage through popular vote.
In a farewell speech, he gave an interview on the radio, said, “This is not something that defines me. I am not a middle-aged Indian politician, a political doctor or a homosexual politician. Define is part of my character I suppose. ”
His family is from Varad in the district of Sindhudurg Maharashta and Leo Varadkar maintained his direct contact from India, an internship at King Edward’s Memorial Hospital in Mumbai.
His partner, Matthew Barrett, is also a doctor.
“Matt is a very special person, someone who is unconditional on my side, who is always great.This is the kind of person who has made me a better person,” Varadkar said recently.