Leo Varadkar going to return as Ireland PM for second Term

Leo Varadkar will take office as prime minister of Ireland for a second time this weekend.

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Leo Varadkar elected as next Ireland’s PM

On Saturday, Leo Varadkar expected to win a second term as prime minister of Ireland, succeeding Micheál Martin, according to a unique rotation arrangement that their two parties -once bitter rivals agreed to while forming a coalition government in 2020.

Prior to a vote in Parliament to elect Mr. Varadkar, who served as Prime Minister from 2017 to 2020, Mr. Martin announced his resignation on Saturday. Until a planned election in 2025, Mr. Martin will serve as deputy prime minister. Varadkar, who is mixed race and openly gay is one of Ireland’s youngest ever leaders. He ascends from deputy premier.

In the 2020 coalition agreement, which also included the smaller Green Party, Ireland’s two largest centre-right parties-43-year-old Varadkar’s Fine Gael and current premier Micheal Martin’s Fianna Fail-joined forces for the first time. These parties led every government since the country’s independence from Great Britain a century ago.

The Northern Ireland Protocol, a provision of the Brexit agreement that Varadkar negotiated in 2019 to retain the province in the EU’s customs union has issues that have not yet resolved, despite claims of promising developments and recent intensification of negotiations. At the first opportunity, Varadkar anticipated to discuss the situation with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Check more

Past life & some experiences

In a nation where a rigid, traditional Catholic morality predominated well into the second half of the 20th century, Varadkar’s ascent to the top of Irish politics was remarkable. At 38, he became the country’s youngest Taoiseach as well as its first openly gay leader of government and first of Indian descent.

Varadkar was born in Dublin to an Indian immigrant father who was a licenced doctor and an Irish mother who worked as a nurse. Varadkar reportedly informed his mother’s acquaintances that he wanted to be the minister of health when he was just seven years old.

He entered general practise after receiving his medical degree from Trinity College Dublin, although he continued to be active in politics. In 2007, he won the Dublin West election for Fine Gael. Varadkar openly came out as gay in 2015, prior to Ireland’s referendum legalising same-sex marriage.

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