Presidential election in Mexico: two candidates to succeed López Obrador

“For the first time in its history, Mexico should elect a woman as president, but that does not mean that she will develop feminist public policies,” criticize the site Animal Politics. The only man in the race alongside Claudia Sheinbaum and Xóchitl Gálvez, Jorge Álvarez Máynez, of Movimiento Ciudadano (Citizens’ Movement, center left), credited with 8% in the polls, has very little chance of winning.

The mandate of Andrés Manuel López Obrador was not particularly marked by feminist desires. And Claudia Sheinbaum follows in the footsteps of this president who remains very popular. Xóchitl Gálvez was also very shy on the subject during the electoral campaign.

Animal Politics quotes Helena Varela, a researcher at the Ibero-American University of Mexico, according to whom the future president will have to govern under pressure from political parties, for whom “the subject of feminism is not a priority”. The issue of abortion is an example. In September 2023, the Supreme Court decriminalized voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion), but 13 of the 32 states have still not updated their legislation.

Claudia Sheinbaum, López Obrador’s “heiress”

“Long live Andrés Manuel López Obrador!” It is with this cry, echoed by tens of thousands of sympathizers, that Claudia Sheinbaum launched, on 1er March, his electoral campaign. As if she was campaigning for the outgoing president, nicknamed “AMLO”who cannot run again after a six-year term.

“We must, together, preserve the legacy of this man who is today at the National Palace and who changed the history of our country for the better.”

Difficult for the candidate of Morena (National Regeneration Movement) to distance herself from the founder of this left-wing party: AMLO, elected in 2018 with 53% of the votes in p

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