Mexico Attorney General Resigns; Woman Replaces Him

By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
April 01, 2011

Mexico's attorney general resigned his post Thursday after 18 months on the job, and President Felipe Calderon named the country's first female attorney general in his place.

Although Calderon praised former attorney general Arturo Chavez Chavez, critics contend he was ineffective in combating corruption and drug trafficking which have caused unprecedented levels of violence in Mexico. In his last post as attorney general of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, he was also criticized for failing to solve the brutal murders of hundreds of women in the border city of Juarez.

In his place, Calderon nominated Marisela Morales Ibáñez, who currently runs the division of the attorney general's office that investigates organized crime. Morales has won high praise in the United States. In March, she was awarded an