Enrique Peña Nieto yesterday submitted a bill to the Senate to amend the provisional Article 6 of the constitutional amendment establishing the automatic transition from Attorney General to Public Prosecutor.

If this bill is passed, and if Congress passes the Organic Law of the Attorney General’s Office, there would not be an automatic transition from the last Attorney General to the next Public Prosecutor. Instead, the Senate would be initiate the procedure to designate a new Public Prosecutor.

On October 25, President Enrique Peña Nieto appointed Raúl Cervantes Andrade as the Attorney General, which the Senate ratified by a vote of 85 votes for, 3 against and 1 abstention. The various political forces voted in favor of this ratification.

The constitutional reform published on February 10, 2014 provides for the Attorney General’s office to begin functioning once its Organic Law is approved by Congress. The provisional Article Six of this reform provides that if this bill is approved and if Congress issues the Organic Law of the Attorney General’s Office, there would no automatic transition from Attorney General to Public Prosecutor.