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Leo Varadkar to become next Taoiseach of Ireland

Leo Varadkar, who won the leadership contest of the center-right Fine Gael party, is slated to become the next Taoiseach or prime minister of Ireland to replace the outgoing Edna Kenny, who announced his retirement on May 17.  Simon Coveney came in second place in Fine Gael’s leadership selection contest.  Coveney received more votes from the rank and file while Varadkar acquired more support from Fine Gael’s elected members of parliament.  Fine Gael does not have a majority in the Dail or parliament, but other parties are unlikely to block Leo Varadkar’s ascension to the taoiseachship as that would necessitate a new election.


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