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Claudia Sheinbaum to be Mexico’s first female president

MEXICO – As indicated by the projections of the preliminary results from the quick count by the National Electoral Institute (INE), Claudia Sheinbaum secured between 58.3% and 60.7% of the votes, significantly outpacing her main opponent, Xóchitl Gálvez, who garnered between 26.6% and 28.6% of the vote.

“I do not arrive alone; we all arrive together. With the heroines who forged our nation, our ancestors, our mothers, our daughters, and our granddaughters,” Sheinbaum proclaimed while celebrating her victory as the first female president in the nation’s 200-year history.

Sheinbaum, a representative of the governing leftist Morena party, mentioned that Gálvez, the leader of an opposition alliance, had called to extend her congratulations on the electoral win.

According to the data with a 61% voter turnout, Sheinbaum’s victory is historic not only because she is the first female president but also due to the overwhelming support she received, surpassing the backing obtained six years ago by the current president and her political ally, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), who won with 53% of the vote in 2018.

Sheinbaum also celebrated the possibility that her party could secure the qualified majority it was striving for in both chambers of Congress, which would enable her to have a “super-government,” a level of legislative support that the popular López Obrador did not enjoy during his term.

At 61 years old, Sheinbaum, the former mayor of Mexico City, pledges to continue the legacy of the incumbent president, albeit with her unique approach to addressing the nation’s issues. She aims to curb violence associated with organized crime, boost the economy, promote renewable energy sources, and tackle corruption head-on. Her administration is expected to prioritize social justice, environmental sustainability, and economic equity, striving to create a safer, greener, and more prosperous Mexico for all its citizens.

Sheinbaum’s rise to power represents a significant milestone for gender equality in Mexican politics, and her leadership is anticipated to bring a fresh perspective to the presidency. Her broad support across various demographics indicates a strong mandate from the people, reflecting their desire for continuity in certain policies while also welcoming innovative solutions to persistent challenges. The international community is watching closely as Sheinbaum embarks on this historic journey, anticipating the impact of her presidency on both domestic and international fronts.


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