Claudia Sheinbaum, a 61-year-old scientist-turned-politician, has been officially chosen as the candidate for Mexico's governing Morena party in the upcoming Presidential election.
This development comes after both Morena and the opposition coalition selected women as their candidates. Her nomination brings Mexico one step closer to electing its first female President in 2024.
Sheinbaum is a former mayor of Mexico City and a close ally of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
With President López Obrador ineligible for re-election due to Mexico's constitution, Sheinbaum's candidacy marks a significant milestone in the country's political landscape.
Presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador— Dra. Claudia Sheinbaum (@Claudiashein) September 8, 2023
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While Morena initially seemed likely to win the June 2024 elections, the emergence of Senator Xóchitl Gálvez as the opposition candidate in recent months has changed the political landscape.
"The presidency is not inherited with an Imperial Scepter; the people provide, and the people take away," said Gálvez.
From 2015 to 2018, she served as the mayor of the Miguel Hidalgo borough in Mexico City.
In 2018, she won a seat in the Senate for the National Action Party (PAN), one of the opposition parties.
Gálvez's nomination was announced by the coalition "Frente Amplio Por México," which consists of three opposition parties: PAN, the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
On the other hand, Marcelo Ebrard, the runner-up for Morena, accused the party of showing favoritism towards Sheinbaum.
He claimed to have found irregularities in 14% of the ballots in Morena's national poll to select the candidate, but his request for a redo was denied, and he withdrew from contention.
On September 6, it was officially confirmed that she would be Morena's candidate after winning in all five coalition surveys, with 39 percent support compared to Marcelo Ebrard's 26 percent.
President López Obrador dismissed Ebrard's complaints and fully supported Sheinbaum, calling her an "honest woman with convictions and principles."
Es oficial: Marcelo Ebrard pierde la #EncuestaMorena.— Juan Ortiz 🗳️👁🗨 (@Juan_OrtizMX) September 7, 2023
La rival de Xóchitl Gálvez es Claudia Sheinbaum.
1. Claudia: 39.4%
2. Ebrard: 25.6%
3. Noroña: 12.2%
4. Adán Augusto: 10%
5. Monreal: 6.5%
6. Manuel Velasco: 6.3%
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With both candidates now confirmed, it appears highly likely that Mexico will have its first female president in its history.