Ireland now officially has its first ever openly gay prime minister

Leo Varadkar is set to be confirmed as Ireland's youngest and first gay premier during a vote in Dublin's parliament.

A 57-40 vote in the Dail, Ireland's parliament, with 47 abstentions, came Wednesday.

"The Government I lead will not be one of left or right because those old divisions do not comprehend the political challenges of today".

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.

Mr Varadkar won the Fine Gael party leadership contest against Simon Coveney at the start of June.

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As it happened, it was ten years to the day that Varadkar, a Dubliner with a father from India and mother from Waterford, first took his seat in the Dáil.

"I don't think we could get the former Taoiseach to stretch that far", he said.

Last month, Varadkar became the leader of governing political party Fine Gael, then submitted to become the next prime minister.

It is a little bit disappointing because I work with Leo in the sense that we represent the same constituency and given that he is such a modem young man, I would really have thought he would have been more up for more women in government at senior level.

Mr Varadkar said there is no greater honour for any Irish politician and was deeply honoured. "It's just part of who I am, it doesn't define me, it is part of my character I suppose".

"Leo Varadkar would be considered to be dynamic and progressive, which is what Europe needs now, much like we have seen in France with the victory of Emmanuel Macron and more globally, with the positive leadership of Justin Trudeau in Canada". His partner, Matthew Barrett, is also a doctor.

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In each case the leaders congratulated him on his election and said they looked forward to working closely with him in the future.

Pro-choice campaigners have long advocated removing any abortion-related provisions from the constitution altogether, while their opponents want to replace it with only slightly more liberal language. All TDs from Fianna Fail (Republican Party), Fine Gael's main rival, abstained in the vote.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister spoke to Leo Varadkar on the phone earlier today to offer her congratulations on becoming Taoiseach".

Also, he had earlier held the charge of the ministries of Transport, Tourism and Sport (2011 to 2014), Health (2014 to 2016), and Social Protection (2016-2017).

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