Mexico City’s 1st elected female mayor takes office

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first elected female mayor of Mexico City has been sworn into office, and immediately announced she would dissolve the riot police.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum says “police are there to protect the people, and we don’t need a police force to repress them.”

Sheinbaum pledged Wednesday to build cable cars to impoverished slums, and improve bus and subway service.

She also said replacement housing would be built for victims of the 2017 earthquakes.

Sheinbaum has a doctorate in environmental engineering and is a longtime associate of new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

The only previous female governor for the city of 9 million was Rosario Robles, who was appointed in 1999 to serve out the remaining year term of Cuauhtemoc Cardenas when he ran unsuccessfully for the presidency.

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