Leo Varadkar set to become Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar makes his acceptance speech at the count centre as he wins the Fine Gael parliamentary elections to replace Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny as leader of the party in Dublin Ireland

Leo Varadkar makes his acceptance speech at the count centre as he wins the Fine Gael parliamentary elections to replace Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny as leader of the party in Dublin Ireland

"If my election today shows anything, it is that prejudice has no hold in this Republic", said Varadkar in early June when he became the leader of Ireland's ruling center-right party, Fine Gael, reported Reuters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated Leo Varadkar on becoming Ireland's Prime Minister and said he looked forward to working with him to enhance relations between the two countries.

Varadkar also appointed his chief rival for the leadership, former housing minister Simon Coveney, as foreign minister.

The 38-year-old becomes Ireland's youngest leader. "Friends, today I'm honoured to have been elected as leader of the party".

After six years in the job, Enda Kenny is resigning as Taoiseach this afternoon.

Leo Varadkar is officially Ireland's new taioseach (the country's fantastic word for prime minister) after Irish parliament confirmed him by 57 votes to 50, with 45 abstaining from the vote.

"I've been elected to lead but I promise to serve", Varadkar said, according to BBC News.

Varadkar takes the reins 10 years to the day he took his seat in Ireland's Parliament, a member of the center-right party when he was just 17.

The son of an Indian father and Irish mother, Varadkar is a qualified doctor.

Kenny said of his successor, "I am confident he will carry out the role with energy, integrity and skill".

Abortion will be another big issue for Varadkar, specifically demands for a referendum on the future of the eighth amendment of Ireland's constitution.

"For my own part I am the first to acknowledge I have not got everything right".

In a brief speech, he said he accepted he had made mistakes but that he always had people's best interests at heart.

Mr Varadkar will meet the leaders of the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein in Dublin on Friday.

Later, he was promoted to the Front Bench by Enda Kenny as Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment till 2010.

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