Mexico governor steps down over student disappearances

2014-10-24 08:36

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Chilpancingo - The governor of the Mexican state where 43 students vanished following a confrontation with police resigned on Thursday, saying he was stepping down to assist the investigation into the disappearances.

Family and loved ones of the missing students had repeatedly called for Guerrero governor Angel Aguirre to go in the wake of the scandal which has triggered nationwide and international outrage.

"I have decided to take my leave from the state parliament," Aguirre told a news conference, saying he hoped his decision would create a "political climate which allows attention to these matters and their solution."

Mexican authorities have searched in vain for any trace of the trainee teachers who disappeared on 26 September in the city of Iguala.

Murky relationships

On Wednesday tens of thousands marched through Mexico City and other cities to protest the disappearance of the students and failure to find them.

Mexico authorities have ordered the arrest of the mayor of Iguala, his wife and an aide, alleging they masterminded the attack which left six students dead and the 43 missing.

Aguirre did not specify how long he planned to take leave from his post, stating only that the regional parliament should choose an individual who "must lead this effort in the coming months."

The next gubernatorial elections for Guerrero state are scheduled for June 2015, meaning Aguirre could theoretically not return to office.

The student disappearances have shone a light on the murky relationships between corrupt officials, police and drug cartels in Mexico.

Authorities say local officials and police worked closely with the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel in the attack, which could prove to be one of the worst slaughters of Mexico's bloody eight-year drug war.

Authorities have found several mass graves in Iguala but say 28 sets of remains examined so far do not correspond to the students.

Read more on:    mexico

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.