Leo Varadkar to resign as Ireland’s prime minister; successor to be elected before April 16.

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Leo Eric Varadkar announced on Wednesday that he is soon resigning as prime minister of Ireland – just days after meeting with President Biden in Washington, D.C.

At a press conference, Varadkar said he is resigning as president of the Fine Gael Party effective on Wednesday.

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He said he will also step down from the prime minister role, known as Taoiseach, once a successor is ready to take the role. An election will be held before April 16.

Varadkar has served as Taoiseach since December 2022, and previously from 2017 to 2020.

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In his farewell remarks, Varadkar championed several achievements, including how Ireland has welcomed more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees since Russia’s invasion.


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