Foreign minister, Mexico City mayor resign to run for president

Both Mexico’s foreign minister and the mayor of the nation’s capital announced their resignations on Monday in order to concentrate on their upcoming presidential campaigns. The incumbent leftist party is expected to win.

Minutes apart, the minister Marcelo Ebrard and the mayor of Mexico City Claudia Sheinbaum both declared their resignations in order to run as the Morena party’s nominee to succeed President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the June 2024 election.

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Sheinbaum, 60 and of Bulgarian and Lithuanian descent, said she wants to be “the first woman in the history of Mexico to lead the fates of the nation.” Her resignation takes effect Friday.

Ebrard said last week he would be leaving the foreign ministry and made it official Monday in a meeting with the president.

“Starting today, I will dedicate myself to another very important task,” said 63-year-old Ebrard, referring to the work of pushing on with Lopez Obrador’s leftist policies.

Adan Augusto Lopez, the interior minister, is another potential Morena contender.

The elections for governor, congress, and the presidency will all take place in June of 2020.

The Morena party intends to select its nominee over the course of several days in late August and early September via a nationwide poll.

Since 2018, Sheinbaum has served as mayor of Mexico’s enormous capital. She would be the first woman to lead the nation with Latin America’s second-largest economy, after Brazil, if she were to win.

Sheinbaum is thought of as the Morena candidate who is most similar to Lopez Obrador, whose party is expected to retain the presidency for another six years regardless of who wins the election.

Mexican presidents are limited to one term in office.

We are currently in the lead according to early polls, and Sheinbaum predicted that this will continue.

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