MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A rebellious politician in Mexico, Senator Xochitl Galvez, announced on Tuesday that she would run for president in 2024 as a struggling opposition tries to reclaim power from President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s party.
In a video shared on Twitter, 60-year-old Galvez stood outside Lopez Obrador’s office in Mexico City and made her announcement, adding a dash of unpredictability to the growing field of candidates for the election in June.
She pronounced, “I will be Mexico’s next president.”
Galvez, a fiery boss of native people groups’ privileges with a skill for producing exposure, is considered by allies to be one of only a handful of exceptional resistance pioneers who plays hooky separates and – like the president – interfaces well with more unfortunate Mexicans.
She was recently described as “tenacious” by Lopez Obrador.
Galvez contrasts her humble upbringing with those of Lopez Obrador’s leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) candidates, who, according to her, experienced more extraordinary privilege as children.
MORENA has a strong chance of winning the 2024 election thanks to Lopez Obrador’s high level of personal approval, and many political insiders believe that its candidate could be Claudia Sheinbaum, a former mayor of Mexico City.
According to analysts, Galvez, a trained computer engineer elected to the Senate by the center-right National Action Party, may be able to sway voters away from a female MORENA candidate.
On Sept. 6, MORENA is expected to announce its candidate, while an alliance of opposition parties announced on Monday that it would do so on Sept. 3.
TTo prevent MORENA from holding a congressional session that sought to circumvent the opposition, Galvez chained herself to a desk designated for the head of the Senate in April.
In protest of being denied entry to Lopez Obrador’s morning press conference, where she planned to criticize him, she knocked on the doors of the presidential palace earlier this month, causing a media stir.