Mexico election: Claudia Sheinbaum wins contest and is set to become country’s first woman president, says official quick count | World News | News World

Claudia Sheinbaum has won Mexico’s election and is set to become the country’s first woman president, according to an official quick count.

The ruling party candidate had between 58.3% and 60.7% of the vote – an unassailable lead, a statistical sample showed, according to the National Electoral Institute.

Opposition candidate Xochitl Galvez, a female rival, received 26.6%-28.6% and Jorge Alvarez Maynez picked up 9.9%-10.8%.

Speaking outside a hotel in the capital Mexico City, Morena candidate Ms Sheinbaum said: “I will become the first woman president of Mexico.”

She said her two competitors had called her and conceded she had won.

The 61-year-old climate scientist, who is a former Mexico City mayor, campaigned on continuing the political course set over the last six years by her mentor President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who was elected in 2018.

His popularity among the poor helped drive her triumph at the ballot box.

She has vowed to carry on with his policies,…


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