Indian-origin Leo Varadkar has been elected as the Prime Minister of Ireland for the second time

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  • Indian-origin Leo Varadkar, former Irish Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Fine Gael party, has been elected as the new prime minister of Ireland following a vote in the lower house of the Irish parliament.
  • A total of 87 members of the house voted in favor of his nomination as the new prime minister while 62 members voted against it, Xinhua News Agency reported.
  • Parliamentarians approved Varadkar’s nomination as Prime Minister in place of Michael Martin in a special session of the Dáil, Ireland’s lower house.
  • Varadkar’s appointment was confirmed after approval from the office of Irish President D. Higgins. In his first term, Leo Varadkar was the Prime Minister of Ireland from 2017 to 2020.
  • According to a list of the cabinet members, former Irish Prime Minister and leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin will become the new deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs and defense while former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Simon Coveney will become minister for enterprise, trade, and employment.
  • Former Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will be the minister for public expenditure and reform while former Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath will take Donohoe’s position as the new finance minister.

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