‘Prom­ise to serve’ from Ire­land’s new pre­mier

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

LON­DON — Leo Varad­kar took of­fice Wed­nes­day as Ire­land’s prime min­is­ter, also known as the taoiseach.

The son of an Ir­ish mother and an In­dian im­mi­grant fa­ther, he is the first openly gay politi­cian to serve in the post.

“I’ve been elected to lead, but I prom­ise to serve,” the 38-year-old Dublin na­tive said.

Varad­kar, a doc­tor who has held three pre­vi­ous Cab­i­net posts, de­feated ri­val Si­mon Coveney in a con­test to re­place Prime Min­is­ter Enda Kenny, who re­signed.

Varad­kar was backed by most law­mak­ers and lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives, giv­ing him vic­tory un­der the cen­ter­right Fine Gael party’s elec­toral col­lege sys­tem.

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