Mexico edges closer to electing first woman president
By George Wright
Mexico appears all but certain to elect its first ever female head of state after Claudia Sheinbaum was confirmed as the governing party's candidate in next year's presidential election.
The former Mexico City mayor will face off against Xchitl Glvez, who is leading the opposition collation.
Ms Sheinbaum, a 61-year-old trained scientist, is a close ally of leftist President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador.
"We will win in 2024," she told her supporters in a speech.
Ms Sheinbaum beat five other contenders to win each of five polls, averaging about 39% of the vote, the Morena party announced.
A student leader in the 1980s, Ms Sheinbaum served as Mexico City environment secretary when Mr Lpez Obrador was mayor from 2000 to 2005.