Thursday, April 7, 2011

PRD skeptical of Marisela Morales Ibáñez as attorney general, and with reason

Should Marisela Morales Ibáñez be confirmed as Mexico's next attorney general - as opposed to other cabinet members, the attorney general must be confirmed by the Senate - it will be the highest office a woman has ever held in Mexico, as far as I can see - a development to be lauded on its own. Given the support she has received from both PAN and PRI, it seems likely she will be the new attorney general, after Arturo Chávez Chávez announced his resignation.

The PRD, however, remain skeptical, and they have reason to. According to party president Jesús Zambrano,
- She worked on the proceedings for the infamous El Encinos property, which would lead to the desafuero or in practice the botched impeachment efforts against AMLO in 2005
- She was  head of the Office of Special Investigations on Organized Crime (Subprocuraduría de Investigación Especializada en Delincuencia Organizada, SIEDO), when the infamous Michacanazo was launched against against alleged organized crime in Michoacán, targeting primarily PRD officials and politicians, yet where one by one were released from prison due to lack of any evidence.

From the PRD's point of view, such a trajectory understandably does not inspire too much confidence.


  1. I don't know how one ranks cabinet officers, but I'd give that "highest cabinet post" honor to Ernesto Zedillo's Secretaría de Relationes Exteriores, Rosario Green, who beat out Madelyn Albright for the first north American woman Foreign minister slot. l

  2. You might be right. Reno beat Morales Ibáñez with a few theres, though, as AG. Who will be the first to have a madam president or señora presidente?
    Bets are on.