Claudia Sheinbaum Elected as Mexico’s First Female President

Jimmy Williams

In a historic and unprecedented victory, Claudia Sheinbaum, a climate scientist and former mayor of Mexico City, has become the first woman to be elected president of Mexico. The election results, announced on Sunday, revealed Sheinbaum’s landslide win with nearly 58 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results from the Mexican electoral office.

At 61, Sheinbaum also makes history as the first Jewish person to lead one of the world’s largest predominantly Catholic countries. In her victory speech, Sheinbaum expressed gratitude to the voters and highlighted the significance of her election. “For the first time in 200 years of the Republic, I will become the first woman president of Mexico,” she told her supporters.

Sheinbaum emphasized the importance of unity and peace as Mexico moves forward: “We have achieved a plural, diverse and democratic Mexico. Although many Mexicans do not fully agree with our project, we will have to walk in peace and harmony to continue building a fair and more prosperous Mexico.”

Political Landscape and Legislative Power

Sheinbaum’s party, Morena, is projected to hold a majority in the legislature. This majority could enable her to pass constitutional reforms that have been beyond the reach of current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a close confidante and political ally. López Obrador, known for his left-wing populist policies, was barred from running for office again after completing his six-year term.

Election Day and Security Measures

The election marked the largest voting day in the history of Latin America’s second-largest economy, with around 130 million inhabitants participating. In addition to the presidency, over 20,000 political positions were at stake, including all seats in the lower house and the senate, as well as numerous regional and municipal offices.

To ensure a peaceful voting process, thousands of soldiers were deployed across the country. Despite these measures, the day was marred by violence in some areas. A town council candidate was tragically shot to death just hours before the polls opened, and another individual was kidnapped while casting his vote at a polling station.

International Reactions

Global leaders have been quick to congratulate Sheinbaum on her historic win. Spanish President Pedro Sánchez extended his well wishes on the social media platform X, expressing a commitment to strengthening Spain and Mexico’s bilateral relations. “Spain and Mexico will continue to work to strengthen [their] relations,” Sánchez stated.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also offered her congratulations, highlighting the deep historical, economic, and cultural ties between Mexico and the European Union. “I look forward to strengthening our bilateral relations under your leadership,” von der Leyen wrote on X.

Looking Ahead

As Sheinbaum prepares to take office, she faces the challenge of unifying a nation and advancing her legislative agenda. Her election marks a significant milestone in Mexico’s political history, signaling a new era of leadership and potential reform.

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