A woman for the first time in Mexican history was elected mayor of Mexico City. Local politician who also doubles as a scientist, Claudia Sheinbaum excelled in quick calculations by the independent survey institute, Mitofsky.
As reported by Channel News Asia on Monday, July 2 2018, Sheinbaum, 56 years old, won the election to lead the largest city in North America with the support of 55.5 percent of the vote.
A woman has previously served as mayor of the Mexican capital on an interim basis, but Sheinbaum, who has a doctorate in physics, is the first woman elected to the post.
Sheinbaum won the election after joining the left-wing coalition that also won the presidential election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The woman of Jewish descent was one of the first politicians to leave Mexico’s established left-wing party, the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), and join another leftist party formed by Lopez Obrador, MORENA in 2014. The following year, he won election for mayor of the Tlalpan neighborhood district in Mexico City. The victory was the basis for him to campaign for mayor of Mexico City. He spent four years as a PhD student in California, United States. I will,” he said recently while campaigning in Mexico City.
But his rapid rise to political career was not without controversy. His district was one of the areas hardest hit by the earthquake that devastated central Mexico on September 19.
A private elementary school in the district collapsed in the earthquake, killing 19 children and seven adults inside.
A group of victims’ families have filed criminal charges in the case and want Sheinbaum to face an investigation. He has been the target of unrelenting anger from victims’ families and sympathizers, including on election day. “Murderer!”
Sheinbaum vehemently denies responsibility and accuses his opponents of exploiting the tragedy for political gain.
He was born on June 24, 1962 in Mexico City to a Jewish family. According to the World Jewish Congress, approximately 40,000 Jews live in Mexico City. Born into a family of scientists, Sheinbaum studied physics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, earned a doctorate in energy engineering and went on to work as a consultant for the United Nations.
He was active in the university’s student movement which rose up against a series of unpopular reforms at the institution in 1986. Sheinbaum was also one of the many veterans of the political movement and helped launch the PRD in 1989 – the main opposition party at the time evenko imposed a single party Sheinbaum, mayor of Mexico City, married fellow student activist Carlos Imaz in 1987.