Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says he`s quitting

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says he will step down as leader of the country soon as a successor is chosen.

Varadkar announced Wednesday he is quitting immediately as head of Fine Gael party, part of Ireland`s coalition government. He`ll be replaced as prime minister after a party leadership contest.

He said his reasons were `both personal and political`.

Varadkar, 45, has had two spells as taoiseach, or prime minister- between 2017 and 2020, and again since December 2022.

He was the country`s youngest-ever leader when first elected, as well as Ireland`s first openly gay prime minister. Varadkar, whose mother is Irish and father is Indian, was also Ireland`s first biracial taoiseach.

“I`m proud that we have made the country a more equal and more modern place,: he said in a resignation statement in Dublin. 

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