Mexico will almost certainly have its first female president in 2024, after the ruling party and the opposition coalition both chose women as their candidates.
Former Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum was named ruling party's presidential candidate, while the opposition coalition named senator Xochitl Galvez as its presidential candidate.
Mexico will hold presidential elections in June 2024 to succeed current President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is prohibited by the constitution from running for a second six-year term.
Sheinbaum, 61, was selected last Wednesday following a series of polls conducted by members of the ruling coalition.
ruling party's national council president Alfonso Durazo said Sheinbaum beat former Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard by double figures in five party surveys.
Sheinbaum is a close ally of the president Lopez Obrador.
The ruling party has expanded its control to 22 of Mexico's 32 states, and as the party's candidate, Sheinbaum is expected to enjoy a distinct advantage in June. (QNA)