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Mexico elects its first woman as president

  • June 3, 2024
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Mexico elects its first woman as president

Claudia Sheinbaum has become the first ever woman to be elected as Mexico’s president following the “historic landslide” win. The Latin American country’s official electoral authority said that the results showed that the former mayor of the capital won between 58-60% of the vote in Sunday’s election.

This puts her nearly 30 percentage points ahead of her main rival, businesswoman Xóchitl Gálvez. Ms Sheinbaum will replace the outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, her mentor, on, 1st October. A former energy scientist, she has promised continuity, saying that she hopes to build on the “advances” made by Mr López Obrador.

“I won’t fail you,” she told her supporters in her victory speech. The supporters celebrated at the Zócola, Mexico City’s main square, waving banners with her name.

Before running for president, Ms Sheinbaum was the mayor of Mexico City one of the nation’s most influential positions. This is seen as a paving stone towards the presidency. She had an “illustrious” career as a scientist before entering politics. Both of her parents were scientists and she herself studied physics before gaining her doctorate in energy engineering.

Her Jewish maternal grandparents moved to Mexico from Bulgaria to escape Nazi persecution while her paternal grandparents were Lithuanian.

She spent years a research lab in California, studying Mexican energy consumption patterns and became an expert on climate change, which along with her student activism, led her to earn the position of secretary of the environment for the capital when Andrés Manuel López Obrador was mayor.

In 2018, she made history, becoming the first woman to become mayor of Mexico City, which she held until 2023 when she stepped down to run for the presidency.

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