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Claudia Sheinbaum elected Mexico’s first woman president

Mexico has elected Claudia Sheinbaum as its first woman president in what supporters are calling a landslide victory.

Ms Sheinbaum, the ruling party’s candidate, will succeed her mentor and current President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after campaigning to continue her predecessor’s political course set out over the last six years following his 2018 election.

The scientist-turned-politician won an unassailable lead of between 58.3 per cent and 60.7 per cent of the vote – according to an initial statistical sample by the country’s election institute – though neither of her two closest rivals has yet publicly conceded defeat despite Ms Sheinbaum telling her supporters that she had received calls from them acknowledging her victory.

Opposition rival Xochitl Galvez, another female candidate, won between 26.6 per cent and 28.6 per cent of the vote, while Jorge Alvarez Maynez won between 9.9 per cent and 10.8 per cent.

The election was also the bloodiest in the country’s modern history with 37 candidates assassinated before polls closed on Sunday.

This is a breaking news story and is being updated.

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