Ireland gets a gay as prime minister

Vastavam web :Leo Varadkar, a doctor and Ireland’s minister for social protection, may be close to becoming the country’s next prime minister, also known as the taoiseach. Varadkar, who would be the country’s first openly gay prime minister and the first of South Asian descent, appears to be favored over candidate Simon Coveney, the country’s minister for housing, planning, community and local government, according to media reports. Varadkar, the son of an Irish mother and an Indian immigrant father, and Coveney, a member of a prominent political family, rose through the ranks in Fine Gael, a center-right Christian democratic party that leads a minority government with rival political party Fianna Fail. Although both candidates offer continuity from the current leadership, analysts say Varadkar leans more conservative on social and economic issues while Coveney tends to edge toward the left of his party.