Female mayor in Mexico killed one day after first woman elected president

The mayor of a town in western Mexico was killed a day after Claudia Sheinbaum won the country’s record-breaking presidential election.

The Michoacan state government condemned “the murder of the municipal president of Cotija, Yolanda Sanchez Figueroa,” the regional interior ministry wrote in a post on X.

Sanchez, who was elected mayor in 2021, was standing just a few feet away from the municipal palace when she was shot multiple times.

No details regarding her murder were disclosed, but authorities said they launched a security operation to arrest the perpetrators.

Sheinbaum, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s successor, has pledged to continue the former president’s security policies, in contrast to her opponent, Xochitl Galvez, who campaigned on a tougher approach toward the cartels and increasing crime.

Mexican President-Elect Claudia Sheinbaum addresses supporters at the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square,
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