Claudia Sheinbaum Makes History as the First Female President of Mexico

Claudia Sheinbaum celebrates her victory in the Mexican election.

This week, history was made in Mexico. On Sunday, June 2, the people of Mexico voted for president. They elected Claudia Sheinbaum. She won by a very large amount. She will be the first female president of Mexico.  

President-elect Sheinbaum worked as an environmental scientist. She won a Nobel Prize as part of a team. She got involved in government when she became the environmental secretary for Mexico City. She later became the mayor of Mexico City. Now she will be president of Mexico. As a leader, she uses her scientific background. She analyzes information and makes decisions based on data.  

President-elect Sheinbaum is a member of the Morena Party. This is a political party founded by Andrés Manuel López Obrador in 2011 to fight corruption. Andrés Manuel López Obrador is the current president of Mexico. He used to be mayor of Mexico City. Back then, he chose President-elect Sheinbaum to be his environmental secretary. Many see Sheinbaum as his natural successor.  

The Morena party is extremely popular in Mexico. They won many elections for mayors and governors throughout the country. Over 60% of the Mexican congress is part of the Morena party. While the Morena reform policies are very popular, many fear that one party might be gaining too much control of the country. 

This is just one challenge that President-elect Sheinbaum will face. Mexico also has problems with violent crime. Additionally, Mexico City faces an extreme water shortage. Some predict they might run out of water soon.  

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