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Claudia Sheinbaum Elected Mexico's First Female President

Posted by Thandiubani on Mon 03rd Jun, 2024 - tori.ng

In her first remarks after being confirmed as the winner, Sheinbaum vowed that she would not let Mexico down,

 
Claudia Sheinbaum has been elected as Mexico’s first woman president by a landslide Sunday.
 
She made history in a country plagued by rampant criminal and gender-based violence.
 
In her first remarks after being confirmed as the winner, Sheinbaum vowed that she would not let Mexico down,
 
“I won’t fail you,” she said.
 
The 61-year-old former Mexico City mayor, a scientist by training, won around 58-60 percent of votes, the National Electoral Institute announced after a quick count.
 
That was more than 30 percentage points ahead of her main opposition rival Xochitl Galvez, and some 50 percentage points ahead of the only man running, long-shot centrist Jorge Alvarez Maynez.
 
Voters had flocked to polling stations across the Latin American nation, despite sporadic violence in areas terrorized by ultra-violent drug cartels.
 
Thousands of troops were deployed to protect voters, following a particularly bloody electoral process that has seen more than two dozen aspiring local politicians murdered.
 
Earlier, Sheinbaum hailed what she called a “historic” election day.
 
After casting her ballot, the presidential front-runner revealed she had not voted for herself but for a 93-year-old veteran leftist, Ifigenia Martinez, in recognition of her struggle.
 
“Long live democracy!” Sheinbaum declared.


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