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Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, resigned

1 Minute ReadIreland's prime minister, Leo Varadkar, resigned

LONDON (Continent Times) — In the aftermath of his St. Patrick’s Day diplomatic venture to the United States, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has announced his forthcoming departure from office, to be enacted once his center-right party selects a successor.

Varadkar revealed on Wednesday his immediate resignation from the leadership of the ruling Fine Gael party, a key component of the coalition government. This move initiates a succession process akin to the primary elections seen in the United States.

At the age of 45, Varadkar made history as the youngest individual ever elected to the position of Irish prime minister. He first assumed office from 2017 to 2020 and subsequently returned to power in late 2022.

Varadkar, a physician with ancestral ties to India and Ireland, broke barriers as Ireland’s inaugural biracial prime minister. Additionally, his public acknowledgement of his sexual orientation marked a significant milestone in a country traditionally steeped in Roman Catholic values, as he became the first openly gay leader to hold the highest office.

“I am resigning as president and leader of Fine Gael effective today, and will resign as Taoiseach as soon as my successor is able to take up that office,” Varadkar said in an speech in Dublin, using the Irish word for the prime minister’s title, Politico reported. 

Varadkar’s impending departure sparks speculation and anticipation as the Fine Gael party prepares for a leadership transition, shaping the future trajectory of Irish politics and reflecting broader societal shifts towards diversity and inclusivity.

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