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Leo Varadkar set to become Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar set to become Taoiseach

Ireland's 13th Taoiseach was elected to office exactly 10 years to the day since he first took his seat in parliament as a TD for Dublin West.

He will face immediate challenges due to Britain's exit from the European Union, a political crisis in Northern Ireland and a housing crisis at home.

Addressing the Dáil - the Irish Parliament - Varadkar said: "I've been elected to lead but I promise to serve".

Paying tribute to Mr Kenny, Mr Varadkar said: "I have no doubt, only for him, this country as we know it would not be here today". But Varadkar's election is part of a broader transformative shift that has taken place in Ireland in recent decades - Ireland actually legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, the first country to do so by popular vote.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 15 (ANI): After Leo Varadkar, an openly gay Irish minister of Indian-origin, has been officially elected as the country's youngest Prime Minister, his family is beaming with pride.

"The government I lead will be one of the new European centre as we seek to build a republic of opportunity".

Once nominated, Mr Varadkar will travel to Aras an Uachtarain (President's residence) to meet President Michael D. Higgins who will give him the seal of office.

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Analysts expect few major policy shifts from Varadkar and his new cabinet, even though the new Fine Gael leader has hinted at some changes.

Global reaction to the election of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach has largely focused on his sexuality.

Mr Kenny is also the only Fine Gael leader to be re-elected taoiseach.

Speaking on the maintained position of Deputy Simon Harris as Minister for Health, Varadkar said that Harris would be tasked with "bringing forward legislation to allow for a referendum on the eighth amendment in 2018".

The much discussed reshuffle will see some new department heads with the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald becoming one of those key movers as she is now the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Employment.

Naomi Long said: "Northern Ireland and the Republic have a good relationship and I am confident it will continue under his stewardship".