MEXICO CITY – Mexican Attorney General Raul Cervantes resigned on Monday, saying he was leaving his post to open the way for an overhaul of the Attorney General of the Republic’s Office.
“I have decided to submit my irrevocable letter of resignation to the president of the republic and the Senate effective immediately,” Cervantes said during a ceremony with members of the upper house of Congress.
The move opens the way for the creation of a new AG’s office that will be more independent, have a legal statute governing it and will be able to count on its own resources, Cervantes said.
“I hope that both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the republic will have the vision and quickly approve the laws needed to ensure an Attorney General’s Office and state prosecutors’ offices that are efficient, autonomous and independent,” the AG said.
Cervantes, who replaced Arely Gomez as AG on Oct. 26, 2016, said he was stepping down to help “advance the approval of laws that will provide better conditions and tools” for administering justice in Mexico.
In December 2014, the Chamber of Deputies approved a legislative proposal from the Peña Nieto administration to overhaul the AG’s office, turning the Cabinet department into an autonomous agency.
The Senate, however, has not taken action on the bill.
The new Attorney General of the Republic’s Office would be a constitutionally autonomous department with more tools to fight corruption and election crimes.
Under the legislation, the attorney general would serve a nine-year term, a provision that has slowed consideration of the overhaul in the Senate.
The governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had proposed Cervantes as a candidate for AG under the new system, a move that opponents criticized.
“My only aspiration would be to serve honorably in any public or private capacity in our country,” Cervantes said.
The AG called on Congress to “stop delaying laws that our country needs urgently.”