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Who is Xóchitl Gálvez, the candidate of the opposition coalition?

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Presidential candidate Xóchitl Gálvez waves to supporters during an election campaign rally in Tarimbaro, Michoacan state, Mexico, on April 21.

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Xóchitl Gálvez, the Mexican presidential candidate for the opposition coalition PRI-PAN-PRD, describes herself as “the bravest woman who will face crime,” according to reports on X.

As part of her agenda ahead of the 2024 Mexican presidential elections, she has reiterated her commitment to security, saying: “We will act with all the strength and capacity of the state so that you can live in a #MxSinMiedo” (Mexico without fear).

Gálvez says on her website that she is “a woman of freedoms, who respects institutions, and who will be brave to confront organized crime.” To her supporters, her candidacy represents a committed alternative to civil defense. She proposes implementing security strategies in Mexico to “modernize police forces in Puebla and throughout Mexico so they can protect the population and send criminals to prison.”

Gálvez pledges to put an end to fuel theft and calls for a 20,000 pesos (about $1,200) salary increase, housing credits and scholarships for municipal police officers, stressing the importance of “caring for those who care for us.”

Gálvez is committed to providing universal access to medical care and medicines through the “My Health” card and strives to strengthen the healthcare system and ensure the well-being of all families, as stated in posts on

Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Xóchitl Gálvez chant her name during her final campaign rally in Los Reyes la Paz, on the outskirts of Mexico City, on May 29.

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Her path to candidacy: Gálvez was born on February 22, 1963 in Tepatepec, Hidalgo, in a low-income family, with a mestiza mother and an indigenous father. Her personal story has led her to become an advocate for Indigenous rights and gender equality.

Despite economic challenges, Gálvez gained access to university education through a scholarship and attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she met her current partner, Rubén Sánchez, a Mexican businessman who could become Mexico’s first gentleman if Gálvez wins.

She blazed a trail in the business world starting in 1992 when she founded High Tech Services Consulting, a pioneering company in smart buildings, energy efficiency, process automation and telecommunications. In 2000, she was the first Mexican woman included in the list of 100 Global Leaders for the Future at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

From 2003 to 2006, she was head and general manager of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples. In the 2015 local elections in Mexico City, Gálvez ran for Miguel Hidalgo district head for the National Action Party. (PAN), won with 32% of the vote and served until March 15, 2018. In 2018, she ran for Senate representing Mexico City for the coalition “Por México al Frente” (PAN, MC and PRD) and was also a candidate on the PRD’s proportional representation list, securing a seat in the Senate.

Translated by Karol Suarez. CNN’s Rey Rodríguez, Krupskaia Alís and Aitana Ocaña contributed to this report.

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