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Mexicans Elect Claudia Sheinbaum As First Female President

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Claudia Sheinbaum has made history by becoming the first female president of Mexico.

According to Mexico’s official electoral authority, the 61-year-old former Mayor of Mexico City secured a significant victory in Sunday’s election, winning between 58 and 60 per cent of the vote.

This gave her a substantial lead of almost 30 points over her main competitor, businesswoman Xóchitl Gálvez, who received about 26.6 per cent of the vote.

Sheinbaum, a member of the ruling Morena party, will replace outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on October 1.

In her victory speech, she emphasised continuity and promised to build on the progress made by her predecessor. “I won’t fail you,” she assured voters.

“I will become the first woman president of Mexico. We have demonstrated that Mexico is a democratic country with peaceful elections,” she also said.

Before running for president, Sheinbaum served as the mayor of Mexico City from 2018 to 2023, becoming the first woman to hold that position.

The Sunday, June 2, general elections also saw federal lawmakers elected, including senators and deputies, along with eight governors and numerous other officials across Mexico.

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