Presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum of ''Sigamos Haciendo Historia'' coalition gestures after the first results released by the election authorities show that she leads the polls by a wide margin after the presidential election at Zocalo Square on June 03, 2024 in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo Credit: Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images

Society Mexico7. June 2024

More Power to Women: This Country Has Elected Its First Female President!

The election of Claudia Sheinbaum to the nation’s highest office marks a double milestone for Mexico since she is the first female and the first Jewish person to become president of the Latin American country.

“For the first time in 200 years of the republic, I will become the first female president of Mexico,” says newly-elected President Claudia Sheinbaum. “And as I have said on other occasions, I do not arrive alone. We all arrived, with our heroines who gave us our homeland, with our ancestors, our mothers, our daughters and our granddaughters.”

A climate scientist – she holds a PhD in energy engineering and took part in the United Nations panel of climate scientists awarded a Nobel Peace Prize – the former Mexico City mayor won the election by winning at least 58.3% of the votes with the highest number of voters taking part in the election and the most seats up for grabs. The leftist female president, 61, has vowed to continue the legacy of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, her mentor and Mexico’s current president, who completely reshaped Mexican politics by lifting millions of citizens out of poverty and doubling the minimum wage. Sheinbaum’s closest competitor was right-wing Xóchitl Gálvez, who got 26.6% of the votes.

The New York Times

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