Exciting Times for Mexico: Electing the First Female President!

Last Updated: June 15, 2024By

Exciting Times for Mexico: Electing the First Female President!

Hey there! Guess what? This Sunday, Mexico is having a super important election. It’s a big deal because the country might get its first-ever female president. How cool is that? Let’s dive into what’s happening and why it’s so exciting.

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The Leading Ladies

Meet Claudia Sheinbaum, a 61-year-old climate scientist and the former mayor of Mexico City. She’s the frontrunner in this race. Claudia’s all about continuing the work of the current president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (we’ll call him AMLO for short). AMLO started the Morena party, which has won over many people who were tired of the old political ways.

On the other side, we have Xóchitl Gálvez, the main opposition candidate. It’s going to be a tough battle between these two amazing women!

Morena: A Mix of Ideas

Morena, the party founded by AMLO, is a bit of a mix. It has both progressive and conservative ideas, which sounds odd but has worked well. AMLO’s charm and focus on tackling inequality have made Morena really popular. It looks like this popularity is helping Claudia Sheinbaum in the race.

Huge Election Day

This isn’t just about picking a president. There are 20,000 other positions up for grabs! Imagine the buzz and excitement all over Mexico. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. The election is happening amidst a lot of violence. Mexico has one of the highest murder rates in Latin America, and there are many criminal groups causing trouble.

These groups aren’t just about drugs anymore. They’re into gun smuggling, human trafficking, and even getting involved in local businesses like avocado farms. This year’s election is the most violent in Mexico’s history, with over 30 candidates killed and many more dropping out because of threats.

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Final Campaign Drama

Just this Wednesday, on the last day of the campaign, something shocking happened. In the town of Coyuca de Benítez, Guerrero, a hitman filmed himself shooting the opposition mayoral candidate, José Alfredo Cabrera. It was a scary reminder of the violence overshadowing this election.

Different Opinions on Morena

On one hand, many people are excited about Morena and what it stands for. Tens of thousands of supporters gathered in Mexico City’s main square, the Zócalo, for Claudia Sheinbaum’s final campaign event. But not everyone is thrilled.

Salim, a guy from a wealthy neighborhood in Mexico City, voted for Morena in 2018 but isn’t planning to this time. He feels like nothing has really changed. On the other hand, Rocío, visiting from Mérida, sees some positives like big infrastructure projects, which she thinks are making a difference.

In smaller places like Maconí in Querétaro, Morena has strong supporters. Don José, a 66-year-old former migrant worker, feels like Morena has finally brought some attention to their struggles. For him and others in similar communities, Morena represents hope and change.

Claudia’s Campaign Marathon

Claudia Sheinbaum has been all over Mexico, trying to rally support. Her goal? Not just to keep the presidency for Morena but to gain even more political power. Right now, Morena and its allies control a good chunk of the government, but Claudia wants more.

If they get a supermajority in Congress, they could even change the constitution. This idea has some people worried, especially since Morena wants to make big changes like letting people vote for Supreme Court justices.

Is Democracy at Risk?

Some people, like Gálvez, think these changes are dangerous for democracy. Others, like political analyst Vanessa Romero, believe it’s just a different way of looking at democracy. Historian Humberto Beck warns that this could lead to “democratic regression,” meaning Mexico might move away from the kind of democracy we’re used to.

What About the US?

Interestingly, the Biden administration has been pretty quiet about AMLO’s attacks on Mexico’s institutions. They seem more focused on working together to tackle issues like fentanyl trafficking and migration.

So, there you have it! This Sunday is a big day for Mexico, and it could mark a historic moment with the election of its first female president. Stay tuned and let’s see what happens!

Got any thoughts on this election? Or any questions? Let’s chat!

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