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Claudia Sheinbaum: Left-wing government candidate becomes Mexico’s first female president

Claudia Sheinbaum: Left-wing government candidate becomes Mexico’s first female president

The favorite, Claudia Sheinbaum, wins the election by a large margin. The governing party also wins the parliamentary election. The rivals congratulate.

According to official projections, left-wing government candidate Claudia Sheinbaum will become Mexico’s first female president. The former mayor of Mexico City, who was considered the favorite, received between 58.3 and 60.7 percent of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election, the Latin American country’s electoral office announced on Sunday evening (local time). Her two rivals, Xóchitl Gálvez and Jorge Álvarez, called her and congratulated her on her victory, Sheinbaum told the press.

Congratulations were also sent by the incumbent left-wing populist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “With all my affection and respect, I congratulate Claudia Sheinbaum. She will be the first female president of Mexico in the 200-year history of the Republic,” said the President in a video message. Sheinbaum is a close confidante of López Obrador, who was not allowed to run again after his six-year term in office according to the constitution. Both belong to the left-wing Morena party.

After the counting of around 5,600 representative polling stations, the opposition candidate Gálvez came in second place with 26.6 to 28.6 percent of the vote, according to projections. Álvarez from the smaller center-left party Movimiento Ciudadano received between 9.9 and 10.8 percent of the vote. The election office’s announcement was postponed several times without explanation, which led to a situation of uncertainty. “They’re lying as always,” Gálvez wrote on the news platform X before the data was published. The government coalition around the Morena party also achieved a clear victory in the parliamentary and regional elections.

Biggest election day in Mexico’s history

The 61-year-old Sheinbaum is set to take office on October 1. The head of state and government in Mexico is elected for six years, limited to one term.

Almost 100 million eligible voters were called upon on Sunday to vote for the presidency, both houses of Congress, and numerous regional and municipal posts. It was the largest election day in the country’s history. In total, more than 20,000 offices were up for election, including the governorships in eight of the 31 states and the capital district.

Source: Stern

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