MEXICO CITY, December 11 : The first woman elected mayor of Mexico City was sworn in Wednesday for a six-year term leading one of the world’s largest cities, in a country with a deep tradition of machismo.
Claudia Sheinbaum, a 56-year-old scientist and environmentalist, rode to victory in the July elections on the same anti-establishment wave that brought her ally and mentor to power, Mexico’s new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Grinning, Lopez Obrador — himself a former Mexico City mayor — raised Sheinbaum’s hand in a sign of victory after she took the oath of office before the city legislature. It was a potent symbol of the radical shift in Mexican
politics, now dominated by the left-wing party he founded four years ago, Morena.
Sheinbaum echoed Lopez Obrador’s fervent anti-corruption message in her inaugural address.
“We are beginning a new era of honesty and eradicating the privileges long enjoyed by top officials,” she said.
“The first thing we will do is put an end to abuses. As of now, we are reestablishing democracy and political freedom.”
She vowed to end “the privatization of public spaces” in the sprawling capital of more than eight million inhabitants, whose greater urban area is home to some 20 million people. (AP)