Mexico is on the brink of making history by electing its first-ever President, Claudia Sheinbaum.
The 61-year-old is a former mayor of Mexico City and a trained scientist.
Claudia is officially confirmed as the ruling party’s candidate in the upcoming presidential election.
First female president
Claudia’s adversary Xóchitl Gálvez is a prominent leader of the opposition coalition.
Moreover, the race is heating up, and a battle between two formidable women.
Additionally, as a close ally of leftists, Claudia positioned herself as the frontrunner, and her confidence shone through.
“We will win in 2024,” she boldly declared to her supporters.”
Claudia’s journey has been marked by triumph.
Over five other contenders, secured about 39% of the vote in five polls.
A student leader in the 1980s, she later served as the Mexico City environment secretary during López Obrador’s mayoral tenure from 2000 to 2005.
Eventually, she ascended to the position of Mexico City mayor in 2018, until her recent decision to run for president.
In her own words, Claudia recognizes the significance of her candidacy, saying:
“Girls see an example in me. Being the first woman president would be historic in our country.”
President López Obrador is constitutionally bound to step down after a single six-year term.
Claudia is poised to continue his legacy.
Despite this, Claudia faces a formidable opponent in Xóchitl Gálvez, an outspoken senator who exudes reliability.
Gálvez dons indigenous attire, speaks well, and cycles through the streets of Mexico City.
Undoubtedly, her quick wit and down-to-earth demeanour resonate strongly with working-class and young Mexicans.
However, Gálvez and López Obrador clashed on numerous occasions.
This is regarding the rampant violence in Mexico.
Tension between the camps
Gálvez boldly stated that “ovaries are needed” to confront organized crime.
Meanwhile, the president accused her of being the candidate of the wealthy elite, the “oligarchs,” and “conservatives.”
Free- fair elections
Just hours before Claudia’s nomination was announced, her closest rival, called for a re-run, citing irregularities.
Swiftly, party leaders defended the process, asserting the process was fair.
Nevertheless, Mexico’s path to electing its first female president promises to be a captivating and transformative journey.