Mexico Elects its First Female President With Claudia Sheinbaum

Claudia Sheinbaum won the Mexican presidential election and will become the country’s first female president. A longtime leftist and 61-year-old former mayor of Mexico City, she conducted a disciplined campaign and rode the coattails of her predecessor’s popularity to victory on Sunday. 

Her mentor and current Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has a totally different personality than Sheinbaum. Mexicans are eager to see how she asserts herself. Many see her as less aggressive and more focused on facts.

Almost immediately following her victory speech, 42% of voting places had their tallies counted, and the preliminary result had Sheinbaum 27 points ahead of Gálvez. In her campaign, the governing party candidate promised to carry on the policies put in place by her political guru, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, for the past six years. Despite Gálvez’s strong challenge, Sheinbaum led the campaign from start to finish. 

This was a first for Mexico, as the two primary opponents were women.

According to a statistical sample, Sheinbaum got between 58.3% and 60.7% of the vote, according to the head of the National Electoral Institute. The vote for the opposition candidate, Gálvez, ranged from 26.6% to 28.6%, while the vote for Álvarez Máynez was 9.9% to 10.8%. 

Both houses of Congress were expected to be controlled by Sheinbaum’s Morena Party.

As the first woman to hold the office of president in Mexico, Claudia Sheinbaum has made history with her historic election. President Biden expressed his hope to continue the tradition of close cooperation and friendship between the two nations by assisting President-elect Sheinbaum in her new role. 

She is not only the first woman president in Mexico but also the first Jewish leader in the primarily Catholic nation.

As a populist, López Obrador has increased social programs but has done nothing to curb cartel violence in Mexico. He instituted several programs that Sheinbaum has pledged to maintain, such as a program that compensates young people for serving as apprentices and a universal pension for the aged.

Sheinbaum is the most recent in a long line of mayors from Mexico City to seek the presidency.