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Mexico City elects first female mayor, scientist Claudia Sheinbaum

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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, Agence France-Presse writes.

According to the AFP report, Claudia Sheinbaum, 56, a scientist and environmentalist, rode to victory in the Jul. 1 elections on the same anti-establishment wave that brought her left-wing ally and former mentor to power, Mexico’s new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

She echoed Lopez Obrador’s fervent anti-corruption message in her inaugural address before the city legislature.

“We are beginning a new era of honesty and eradicating the privileges long enjoyed by top officials,” she said.

She vowed to end “the privatization of public spaces” and excessive fines and taxes in the sprawling capital of more than eight million inhabitants, whose greater urban area is home to some 20 million people.

Another woman previously served as mayor of the capital on an interim basis—Rosario Robles, from 1999 to 2000—but Sheinbaum, who holds a doctorate in physics, is the first woman elected to the post.

Sheinbaum, who according to an Associated Press report is a former member of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, also pledged to build cable cars to impoverished slums, and improve bus and subway service.

As a member of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, she received the Nobel Peace Prize together with her colleagues in 2007 “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”. The award was shared with Former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore for his work on climate change and the documentary An Inconvenient Truth.