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Claudia Sheinbaum: the favorite leftist to govern Mexico

A physicist by profession, the daughter of revolutionaries would make history by becoming the first female president of Mexico.

In the midst of a complicated electoral campaign, which has claimed the lives of 30 candidates for different positions, 97 million Mexicans will go to the polls next Sunday, June 2, to elect their new President. In this case, it is most likely that be a President and the one who emerges as the favorite is the leftist Claudia Sheinbaum.

61 years old, Claudia Sheinbaum is the candidate who ranks in the polls. Physics from the Faculty of Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the first female mayor of Mexico City (2018-2023) and possible successor to Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a doctorate in environmental engineering and in 2007 was one of those awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of experts that, within the framework of the United Nations (UN), provides information on climate change and its effects.

His candidacy is a product of the internal elections in the ruling party —National Regeneration Movement (Morena)—, led since 2000 by the current President, and whom Sheinbaum accompanied as Secretary of the Environment during his tenure as head of the City Government. of Mexico (2000-2006).

She is the second daughter of the marriage of Carlos Sheinbaum Yoselevitz, whose family came to Mexico from Lithuania in the 1920s. Meanwhile, her mother, Annie Pardo Cemo, comes from a Sephardic family from the city of Sofia in Bulgaria, and came to Mexico in the 40s fleeing the Holocaust.

The parents of the candidate for the presidency of Mexico were fervent followers of the Mexican left and became involved in political activism in the 60s. Despite being Jewish, Claudia Sheinbaum's education was in conventional schools, which which led her to complete her studies in Physics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Claudia Sheinbaum's proposals

The electoral platform of the official candidate includes the continuation of the current economic program, which she defined as “humanist”, and which includes the increase in the minimum wage until reaching an annual rate of 11% and the social program policy of the Morena administration. , which, according to Sheinbaum, managed to contribute to the reduction of poverty.

In his economic program, prepared by the deputy governor of the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) during López Obrador's administration, Gerardo Esquivel, Sheinbaum proposes an average annual growth of 3% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) between 2024 and 2030. 

It talks about “preserving a reasonable balance of debt” and making “responsible and transparent” use of this instrument to increase the country's infrastructure and emphasizes the independence of Banxico. With a strong environmentalist imprint, the Morena candidate also proposed the transition from the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy through the replacement of internal combustion vehicles with hybrid and electric cars.

The candidate has promised to defend Mexicans wherever they are, especially in the United States, where immigration policies dramatically affect these citizens. In this sense, she offered to continue her collaboration with her northern neighbors on immigration matters, but without this going against the rights of her compatriots.

One of the greatest challenges that Claudia Sheinbaum will have to face if she is elected President is the wave of violence that her country is suffering due to the dominance of drug trafficking, which dominates powerful social, economic and political spaces.

Her main rival is the right-wing Xóchitl Gálvez, from the opposition alliance “Fuerza y ​​Corazón por México”, but almost all polls place her at least 20 points below Sheinbaum.


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