In a historic landslide victory, Claudia Sheinbaum was elected as the first female president of Mexico.

According to early results released by Mexico's official electoral office, the 61-year-old former mayor of Mexico City received between 58% and 60% of the vote on Sunday.

On October 1, Ms. Sheinbaum will succeed her mentor, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is leaving office.

Former energy scientist Ms. Sheinbaum has pledged continuity, stating that she will carry on Mr. López Obrador's

She said to applause: "For the first time in the 200 years of the [Mexican] Republic, I will become the first woman president of Mexico.

Ms. Sheinbaum had one of the most powerful political jobs in the nation—mayor of Mexico City—prior to declaring her candidacy for president.