Mexico: Presidential Election on June 2

The next president of the Central American country will likely be a woman

Mexico’s presidential election, which is to be held on June 2, will have three contestants. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s successor is likely to be a woman, given that the polls are headed by Claudia Sheinbaum, close to the current president and mayor of Mexico City, from the progressive Morena Party. The main contender is Xóchitl Gálvez of the conservative PAN party, and in third position, significantly behind, is Jorge Álvarez Máynez of the Movimiento Ciudadano (left-wing progressive movement).

In the poll, conducted on May 21-24, Sheinbaum received 56.9% of the vote, Gálvez received 31.2%, and Máynez received 11.9%.

In addition to the president, 628 parliamentarians will be elected for more than 20,000 seats between states and municipalities. 99 million people are eligible to vote.

Sheinbaum emphasizes continuity with Obrador: “Today, there is less poverty and inequality, economic growth exceeds all forecasts, and Mexico has one of the lowest unemployment rates.” Gálvez, an entrepreneur and senator, rose from the grassroots and comes from an aboriginal family: “I want to be president so that indigenous people can progress. I’m the only candidate who’s really interested in that aspect of it.”

The run-up to the elections has been particularly traumatic for a country embroiled in a long-running battle with drug cartels whose presence is “onerous,” especially in the poorest parts of the country. According to the College of Mexico’s Seminar on Violence and Peace, 30 candidates for various positions have been killed between September 2023 and May 2024, and 487 are under protection.