Claudia Sheinbaum’s victory: First female president in the history of Mexico

This June 2nd was a historic day for Mexicans as the first female president in the history of Mexico was elected.

In a confrontation in which both parties claimed victory, all eyes were focused on the National Electoral Institute to define the winner, and thus, the first female president in the history of Mexico.

While Morena assured in a press conference that Sheinbaum won the elections, the PRI claimed in social networks that Xóchitl Gálvez was the winner.

In Mexico’s elections, some unusual situations were reported, such as in the municipality of Cuautitlán Izcalli, where there was the burning of ballot boxes in ballot box 761 located in Escuela Secundaria Social Número 626.

On the other hand, in the municipality of Huixquilucan, also in the State of Mexico, attempts were made to steal ballots delivered to citizens registered in the electoral roll.

Videos of the election day in the state governed by Delfina Gómez were disseminated through social networks.

Meanwhile, in Baja California, two violent incidents were reported in the municipalities of Tijuana and Ensenada: a couple was shot at as they were getting ready to cast their vote and a polling station was robbed at gunpoint.

For its part, the National Electoral Institute considers that the turnout at the polls abroad was massive.

With the first cut in the preliminary results in the counts, one thing was certain, she would be elected the first female president in the history of Mexico.


In fact, in this first count Claudia Sheinbaum had more than twice as many votes as Xóchitl Gálvez.

With more than 50% of the votes counted there is an irreversible trend, Claudia Sheinbaum was elected President after beating candidates Xóchitl Gálvez Ruíz and Álvarez Máynez.

She will be the first woman in the history of Mexico to occupy the National Palace, and next October 1 she will succeed Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). Although it is not yet official, the Morena candidate was consecrated after her immediate rival conceded her triumph. Minutes before, she had been proclaimed as virtual president by the official Quick Count.

Who is Claudia Sheinbaum? First female president in the history of Mexico

Claudia Sheinbaum has a degree in Physics and earned a master’s degree and a PhD in Energy Engineering.

Sheinbaum has received several recognitions for her career in academia.

Born in Mexico City in 1962, she has two children and one grandchild.

Claudia Sheinbaum’s partner is Jesús María Tarriba, whom she met at university when they were both studying Physics, and who is currently a financial risk specialist at Banco de México.

In 2018 she was elected head of government of Mexico City, being the first elected woman to accede to that position.

But her desire to be part of Mexican politics began in 2000, when she assumed the Ministry of Environment of the Federal District with López Obrador as head of the District, until 2006.

In 2015 she was the first woman elected delegacional chief in Tlalpan, a position she held until 2017. In the following months, already in 2018, she became part of the head of the Government of Mexico City until June 2023, when after 4 years in power she decided to leave her position in the city to run for the presidential candidacy with the Morena party -of which she is a founder- and thus succeed her party colleague Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

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