Just a few decades ago, it wouldn’t have been possible for him to accomplish what he has done now.
After being chosen as the leader of ruling Fine Gael party, doctor-turned- politician Leo Varadkar, the first ever openly gay politician of Ireland, is all set to be the Prime Minister of the country.
After the final counting of the votes by all three electoral colleges, it was revealed that Varadkar won with 60 per cent votes against 40 per cent votes garnered by his opponent, Housing Minister Simon Coveney. He will be replacing Enna Kenny, who served in the position for six years.
The 38-year-old Varadkar will also be the youngest Prime Minister of Ireland. His election is also special as he will be first Irish Prime Minister of Indian origin.
Varadkar’s election as the leader of country that used to be one of the most socially conservative nations about a generation ago also marks a significant social change. This is because in Ireland, same-sex marriage became legal only recently in 2015, making it one of the few European Union members to decriminalize homosexual activity.
Earlier in the month of May, it was reported that Leo Varadkar is leading the race to be the Prime Minister of Ireland.