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Ireland’s 1st ‘gay’ prime minister enters office

(AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) — DUBLIN — Leo Varadkar promised a “republic of opportunity” Wednesday after he became Ireland’s youngest prime minister and the first who is openly gay.

The Dublin-born politician’s Indian immigrant father and Irish mother were in parliament to watch as the 38-year-old was formally confirmed as taoiseach.

Varadkar, who won the leadership of the ruling centre-right Fine Gael party earlier this month, was confirmed by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstentions.

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