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Mexico elects Claudia Sheinbaum as first female president – ​​POLITICO

After thanking voters for their support, Sheinbaum highlighted the historic moment. “For the first time in 200 years of the Republic, I will become the first woman president of Mexico,” she told her supporters.

“We have achieved a plural, diverse and democratic Mexico,” Sheinbaum said. “Even if many Mexicans do not fully agree with our plan, we will have to walk in peace and harmony to continue building a just and more prosperous Mexico.”

His party, Morena, is expected to obtain a majority in Parliament, according to projections by the electoral agency. Such a majority would allow him to approve constitutional changes that have eluded current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Sheinbaum is a close confidant of left-wing populist López Obrador, who was not allowed to run again after his six-year term.

It is the biggest election day in the history of Latin America’s second-largest economy, with around 130 million people. Besides the presidency, more than 20,000 political positions were to be filled, including all seats in the lower house and Senate as well as regional and municipal offices.

Thousands of troops have been deployed across the country to facilitate a peaceful vote. Yet a city council candidate was shot dead hours before the election. In another town, a man was kidnapped while voting at a polling station.

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