Mexico Votes Claudia Sheinbaum As First Female President

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It was a historic landslide victory for Claudia Sheinbaum to become Mexico’s first female president.

The 61-year-old former mayor of Mexico City appeared to have won between 58% and 60% of the vote in Sunday’s election, according to preliminary results released by the country’s official electoral authority.

This places her ahead of her primary competitor, businesswoman Xóchitl Gálvez, by roughly thirty percentage points.

On October 1st, Ms. Sheinbaum will take over for her mentor, departing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The welfare programs of the outgoing president have helped him become more popular, and Ms. Sheinbaum, a former energy scientist, has pledged to keep expanding on them. She will build on the “advances” made by Mr. López Obrador.

However, she also emphasized in her victory speech what makes this Mexican election unique from others. She told cheering voters: “For the first time in the 200 years of the [Mexican] Republic, I will become the first woman president of Mexico.”

“I’ve said it from the start, this is not just about me getting [to the top office], it’s about all of us getting here.”

She added: “I won’t fail you.”

It was an accomplishment, she claimed, not only for herself but for all women.