Varadkar, an Indian-origin doctor and Ireland's first openly gay minister, today won the leadership race for the ruling party to become the country's youngest-ever and first homosexual Prime Minister-in-waiting.
As the parliamentary party has a 65% say in the contest, this has provided the Minister for Social Protection with a significant lead over his Cork-based Cabinet colleague.
Varadkar, who now serves as minister for social protection, will officially be confirmed as prime minister when the Irish parliament reconvenes on June 13, according to CNN.
What appears more likely, indeed nearly certain, is that 38-year-old Dublin-born Mr. Varadkar, who is gay, will become Ireland's youngest ever taoiseach.
While serving as minister of health, Varadkar first opened up publicly about his sexuality in January 2015, prior to campaigning for the government's referendum in support of same-sex marriage, which passed later that year.
Varadkar himself is described thus on the campaign website that was put up to elect him: "Leo is 38 years old, was born and reared in Dublin, but has strong links with rural Ireland through his family".
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Fine Gael is a center-right Christian Democratic party.
The gay son of an Indian immigrant, Leo Varadkar, is going to be Ireland's next prime minister. Varadkar will be the country's first gay leader.
His confirmation as Taoiseach - Ireland's prime minister - would come when the lower house of parliament resumes after a break on June 13.
At 38, Varadkar is now in line to become the youngest person to hold the office of Taoiseach in Ireland. Previous out European heads of government include Elio di Rupo, a gay man who was Belgium's prime minister from 2011 to 2014, and Johnanna Sigurdardottir, a lesbian who was Iceland's prime minister from 2009 to 2013. It doesn't define me. It's just part of who I am, it doesn't define me.
Varadkar also said that Leo knows very little Hindi and Marathi, as his visits to India have been really short and sparse.