Mexico Certain To Elect Its First Woman President
Mexico is on the verge of making history by electing its first-ever female head of state. Claudia Sheinbaum was officially confirmed as the candidate for the governing party in next year's presidential election, as reported by George Wright for BBC News.
Claudia Sheinbaum, a 61-year-old scientist by training, is a close ally of leftist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. I Photo: Claudia Sheinbaum Facebook
The former mayor of Mexico City will compete against Xóchitl Gálvez, who is leading the opposition coalition. Sheinbaum, a 61-year-old scientist by training, is a close ally of leftist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
"We will win in 2024," she declared in a speech to her supporters. Sheinbaum emerged victorious from a field of five other contenders, winning each of the five polls with an average of approximately 39% of the vote, according to the Morena party.
Having been a student leader in the 1980s, Sheinbaum served as the environment secretary of Mexico City when Mr. López Obrador was the mayor from 2000 to 2005.
She subsequently held the position of Mexico City mayor herself from 2018 until earlier this year when she stepped down to run for the presidency.
Sheinbaum remarked in an interview with Gatopardo magazine, "Girls see an example in me. Being the first woman president would be historic in our country." Her candidacy comes at a time when Mexico has legalized abortion.