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Mexico Elects Leftist Claudia Sheinbaum As First Female President In Landslide

•, by Tyler Durden

Sheinbaum's ruling Morena party is also on track to hold majorities in both chambers of Congress, a possible two-thirds supermajority where reform measures can be passed with no opposition. Thus President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's left-wing party will continue its mandate, and Sheinbaum is his handpicked successor.

The 61-year-old is former mayor of Mexico City and a climate scientist by training. Her chief opposition candidate Xóchitl Gálvez, also a woman, has called Sheinbaum to concede in addition to Jorge Álvarez Máynez of the small Citizen's Movement party.

The National Electoral Institute announced that she won around 58-60 percent of votes, according to AFP, which is over 30 percentage points ahead of main opposition rival Galvez. One international outlet has observed of the big numbers she put up:

But this is absolutely a landslide victory, much larger than anyone had expected in fact. And it could be in fact the largest percentage of votes that any candidate has had in recent history in Mexico, including Lopez Obrador himself, an extremely popular president.

But it appears Claudia Sheinbaum has even beaten him.

"I will become the first woman president of Mexico," Sheinbaum declared from Mexico city, after landslide election projections were released.

"I don't make it alone. We've all made it, with our heroines who gave us our homeland, with our mothers, our daughters and our granddaughters," she added. "We have demonstrated that Mexico is a democratic country with peaceful elections."

Her six-year term begins on Oct.1. She has vowed continuity with her predecessor López Obrador:

"We have made possible the continuity and progress of the fourth transformation. I commit to you that I will not let you down. There is history, there is homeland, there is people, and there is commitment," she said.