Governor of Mexican state where students disappeared stands down

October 24, 2014 12:24 AM

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MEXICO CITY - The governor of a Mexican state roiled by the disappearance of dozens of students, police brutality and corruption that has sparked protests and embarrassed President Enrique Pena Nieto, bowed to pressure on Thursday and said he was standing down.

Angel Aguirre, governor of the violent, impoverished state of Guerrero in southwest Mexico, said he was taking a leave of absence. The move is the only option open to him given he cannot resign by law. It was not clear who would replace him.

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