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Mexico Elects Its First Ever Woman President

Mexico has elected its first-ever woman president.

Former mayor of Mexico City and environmentalist scientist Claudia Sheinbaum has been elected as Mexico’s next president.

With the majority of votes already counted, Sheinbaum is projected to garner nearly 59% of teh vote.

Her closest competitor, Xóchitl Gálvez, finished with only 28% of the vote.

In a victory speech, Sheinbaum told a crowd of her supporters, “I will become the first woman president of Mexico.”

Here’s what CBS reported:

Mexico’s projected presidential winner, Claudia Sheinbaum, will become the first woman president in the country’s 200-year history.

The climate scientist and former Mexico City mayor said Sunday night that her two competitors had called her and conceded her victory.

“I will become the first woman president of Mexico,” Sheinbaum said with a smile, speaking at a downtown hotel shortly after electoral authorities announced a statistical sample showed she held an irreversible lead. “I don’t make it alone. We’ve all made it, with our heroines who gave us our homeland, with our mothers, our daughters and our granddaughters.”

“We have demonstrated that Mexico is a democratic country with peaceful elections,” she said.

Check out what NPR reported:

Claudia Sheinbaum, an environmental scientist and former mayor of Mexico City, was overwhelmingly elected Mexico’s first female president on Sunday, a historic milestone in a country rife with gender-based violence and misogyny.

With most of the votes counted, Mexico’s electoral agency estimates that Sheinbaum is on track to win the race with nearly 59% of the vote. Her closest rival, Xóchitl Gálvez is projected to get 28% of the vote, with the other opposition candidate, Jorge Álvarez Máynez, just over 10% of the vote.

In her victory speech to supporters, Sheinbaum said both rivals had conceded and had called to congratulate her on her victory. “I will become the first woman president of Mexico”, she told the crowd.

The man widely seen as her political mentor, outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, posted his congratulations on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Sheinbaum has been the leading candidate to win the presidency for more than a year. In a country with one of the highest rates of murder against women in the world, Sheinbaum’s victory underscores the advances women have made in the political sphere.


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