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Monday, April 01, 2013

Mexico Attorney General resigned
Sarah Steers at 12:00 AM ET

On April 1, 2011, Mexico Attorney General Arturo Chavez resigned, citing personal reasons, although international criticism of his suitability for the position had begun eighteen months earlier with his initial appointment. A leaked US diplomatic cable called his appointment "unexpected." He failed to confront the high murder rate of women in Ciudad Juarez, leading to intense criticism from international human rights organizations. In addition, Chavez failed to secure convictions of any public officials that had been arrested for involvement with drug cartels, causing his popularity to fall with Mexican constituents. Following Chavez's resignation, the subsequent Attorney General, Marisela Morales, charged 111 government employees who served under Chavez with corruption on July 21, 2011.

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