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Leo Varadkar formally elected as 1st gay Irish Prime Minister

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Dublin: Leo Varadkar was elected Irish Prime Minister on Wednesday, making the 38-year-old son of an Indian immigrant the first gay premier of the once-staunchly Catholic country and the youngest person to hold the office.

The son of an Indian immigrant has made Irish history by becoming the country’s youngest and first openly gay prime minister.

Enda Kenny, who stepped down after six years, said his successor represented a “modest, diverse and inclusive Ireland”.

The former GP, son of an Indian father and Irish mother, faces a number of challenges as he takes over the only EU country that has a land border with the UK as it prepares for Brexit. The country may experience an impact on prosperity and trade across the open border as it works towards restoring a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.

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