Marisela Morales is Mexico's First Female Attorney General

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Mexican President Felipe Calderón has nominated his top organized crime prosecutor, Marisela Morales, to become attorney general. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to hold the post. 

In nominating Morales, Calderón said the current head of the organized crime special investigations unit "enjoys prestige inside and outside the country."

Earlier this month, Morales was presented with a 2011 Women of Courage Award in Washington by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Calderón also accepted the resignation of the current attorney general, Arturo Chávez Chávez, who was heavily criticized for his weak image in a country fighting a drug war.


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