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Mexico's Historic Election: First Female President Expected

Demonstrators carry an effigy portraying Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum during a march organized by citizen organizations demanding that ele

Campaigning for Mexico's largest election in history is set to kick off on Friday, with voters preparing to cast their ballots for the president, 628 seats in Congress, and numerous local positions. This election, in a country of 130 million people, is poised to make history by potentially electing its first female president.

The election, scheduled for June 2, will see millions of voters participating to choose their new leaders. The winner of the presidential race will serve a five-year term, while other positions up for grabs include 128 senators, 500 congressional representatives, and various local government roles.

Key Candidates in the Race

Leading the presidential race is Claudia Sheinbaum, with a significant lead in the polls. She is closely followed by Senator Xóchitl Gálvez, while Jorge Álvarez Máynez trails behind. Sheinbaum, a former mayor of Mexico City, is seen as a continuation of the current populist leftist leader López Obrador.

Challenges and Concerns

Security concerns loom large over the election, particularly in regions plagued by cartel violence. The country has witnessed violence against candidates even before the official start of the campaign season, raising fears that this year's election could be the most violent on record.

Additionally, democratic concerns have come to the forefront, with critics questioning electoral reforms made by López Obrador. Despite this, the president remains popular among Mexico's working class, who view him as an advocate for their interests.

Potential Milestone: First Female President

A female president in Mexico would mark a significant milestone in a country grappling with high levels of gender-based violence and gender disparities. Mexico's deeply ingrained 'machismo' culture has contributed to issues such as femicides, highlighting the challenges faced by women in the country.

As Mexico braces for this historic election, the outcome will not only shape the country's political landscape but also potentially pave the way for greater gender equality and social change.

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