BUENOS AIRES – Argentine Attorney General Alejandra Gils Carbo on Monday presented to President Mauricio Macri her resignation, which will become effective on Dec. 31.
The AG, who is at odds with the conservative president – who considers her to be a militant supporter of late President Nestor Kirchner and his wife and successor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner – said in a letter to Macri that her work at the Public Ministry was “finished,” going on to express “the hope that this decision deters reforms that ... rupture the equilibrium that must prevail within the system of the administration of justice.”
The situation arises after on Oct. 12 a judge decided to bring Gils Carbo – who has been in the post since 2012, when she was named AG by Fernandez and confirmed by Congress – to trial for allegedly defrauding the state in the purchase of a property by the Public Ministry in 2013.
In a missive directed to Macri and posted on the official Website of the Attorney General’s Office, the AG said that “at this stage” she has become convinced that remaining in her post would “redound in decisions that will substantially affect the autonomy of the Public Ministry.”
The AG said that “the same reasons” that inspired her to serve “for 20 years in the institution and for more than 30 in the ... administration of justice” now motivate her to “distance” herself from a post where she said she had “deepened the transformation” of the Public Ministry to bring it “current with the times.”
After Macri became president in December 2015 and after 12 years of “Kirchnerista” governments, Gils Carbo remained in her post despite pressure from the administration, which accused her of not moving forward in corruption cases affecting former top Kirchnerista officials and ruling against members of the new government, although it did not succeed in launching legal proceedings against her.