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Ireland elects its first gay prime minister

Leo Varadkar is Ireland's new prime minister Credit: PA

Leo Varadkar, the right-wing son of an immigrant Indian doctor, has been formally elected Ireland's youngest and first gay Taoiseach.

Accepting his elevation to the most powerful office in the country, the 38-year-old said: "I've been elected to lead but I promise to serve."

The new ruling Fine Gael leader won 57 votes in the Irish parliament against 50 for his nomination as premier.

Some 45 parliamentarians abstained in the vote.