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‘I Do Not Arrive Alone’, A Woman Takes The Helm In Mexico

The Oasis Reporters

June 6, 2024








Former Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum celebrates winning the country’s presidential election in Mexico City on June 3.Carl de Souza/AFP via Getty Images

By Foreign Policy


Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum won Mexico’s presidential election on Sunday, becoming the first woman and first person from a Jewish background to be elected president of the overwhelmingly Catholic country.

The 61-year-old former climate scientist secured at least 58.3 percent of the vote versus former Sen. Xóchitl Gálvez’s 26.6 percent, according to preliminary results.
“I do not arrive alone. We all arrived, with our heroines who gave us our homeland, with our ancestors, our mothers, our daughters, and our granddaughters,” Sheinbaum said in her victory speech. She will take office in October.
Sunday’s vote was Mexico’s largest election in its 200-year history. Around 70,000 candidates vied for more than 20,000 legislative, mayoral, and gubernatorial positions. And nearly 100 million people were registered to vote, though turnout appeared to be slightly lower than in past years.
Sheinbaum’s victory demonstrates widespread public support for her political mentor, outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and their Morena party. While campaigning, Sheinbaum promised to continue many of López Obrador’s policies, including his more controversial plans. These include backing proposed constitutional changes that the opposition says would undermine democratic institutions and focusing on social welfare programs to address the underlying causes of rampant cartel violence instead of targeting the gangs themselves.
“In terms of the polls, the most important issue is security,” Luis Rubio, an expert in Mexican politics, told FP’s Christina Lu. Sheinbaum has specifically suggested lowering the rates of impunity and building up the national guard to counter cartel activity.

Such violence has killed at least 34 people campaigning for public office since last summer, and more people have been murdered or gone missing during López Obrador’s six-year term than during any other Mexican president’s s tenure.
Sheinbaum has also said she would reevaluate how the nation’s military is involved in public projects after López Obrador granted the armed forces new responsibilities, including running airports. She has advocated for continuing a universal pension plan for older adults. She aims to create a program that pays young people to seek out apprenticeships, a continuation of López Obrador’s policy.

And she has promised “good relations” with whoever becomes the United States’ next leader, whether that be U.S. President Joe Biden or former U.S. President Donald Trump. Mexico City is Washington’s largest trading partner.
But Sheinbaum is not a carbon copy of her predecessor, as some critics suggest. Her background in science separates her from López Obrador, evident in Sheinbaum choosing to expand COVID-19 testing, limit business operating hours, and practice social distancing while mayor of Mexico City despite López Obrador downplaying the virus.

Courtesy of FP
(Titled A Woman At The Helm )


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