Mexico's Pena Nieto nominates new attorney general

MEXICO CITY (AP) " Mexico's president announced Tuesday that he will nominate a senator to replace Arely Gomez as the country's attorney general.

Gomez weathered one of the roughest periods for Mexico's top prosecutor in the wake of the disappearance of 43 students in 2014.

Gomez' predecessor, Jesus Murillo Karam, resigned after questions emerged about his theory the students had been killed and burned by a drug gang at a garbage dump. Only two of the charred remains have been partly matched to the students, and experts doubt the 43 could have been incinerated at the dump.

Gomez took over in 2015 and headed efforts to re-examine the case.

President Enrique Pena Nieto nominated Sen. Raul Cervantes, a lawyer and former law professor, to replace Gomez as top prosecutor.

Gomez would go on to head the country's anti-corruption agency.

Both nominations must be approved by the Senate.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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