Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chávez Chávez has resigned.
President Felipe Calderón announced Chavez’s resignation Thursday, but gave no reason for the decision.
Chávez had faced criticism from women’s groups that said he did little to prevent or solve rapes and murders of hundreds of women while he served as attorney general of the state of Chihuahua.
President Calderón has nominated Marisela Morales to replace Chávez. The nomination must be approved by the Mexican senate. If approved, she would be the first woman in the job.
Chavez was named Mexico’s attorney general in 2009. He is the second person in that post to resign under President Calderón, who assumed power in late 2006. Chávez was appointed following the departure of Eduardo Medina Mora.