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Ex-Mayor Of Mexico City Emerges First Woman President


Claudia Sheinbaum, a climate scientist and a former mayor of Mexico City, will be Mexico’s next president after a landslide victory in the country’s election. She will be the first woman, and the first Jewish person, to hold the post.

Sheinbaum, a leftist, was beating her opponent by a stunning 30 percentage points or more, returns showed. Votes are still being counted.

Her victory suggests that most Mexicans are pleased with their country’s direction: Sheinbaum, 61, is the chosen successor of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the current president.

Sheinbaum’s next hurdle will be stepping out of the shadow of López Obrador. She notes that they are “different people,” though she appealed to voters by promising to cement his legacy. 

Sheinbaum’s party is within reach of large enough majorities in Congress to enact constitutional reforms that critics fear would undermine democratic checks and balances.

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