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Spain’s attorney general resigns

Eduardo Torres-Dulce had felt the pressure over legal action against Catalan self-rule vote

Eduardo Torres-Dulce has resigned from his position as Attorney General.
Eduardo Torres-Dulce has resigned from his position as Attorney General.ANGEL SANCHEZ

Spain’s Attorney General Eduardo Torres-Dulce announced his resignation on Thursday morning.

The decision is based on “personal reasons,” according to a note released by the Attorney General’s Office.

Torres-Dulce, who held the post for a little under three years, had clashed with Justice Minister Rafael Catalá and with his predecessor, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón.

He had also been initially reluctant to begin legal proceedings against Catalan leaders over their non-binding referendum despite government pressure for state prosecutors to act swiftly.

For as long as he held his post, Torres-Dulce took every public opportunity to ask for more resources and legislative changes to grant prosecutors greater independence and initiative in criminal proceedings.

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Torres-Dulce was appointed by the Cabinet on January 27, 2012, replacing Cándido Conde-Pumpido, who was the public prosecutor for eight years.

He has been in the profession since 1976, and has worked as a prosecutor in the Supreme and Constitutional Courts.

A confessed film buff, he has also written several books on westerns and contributed to television programs hosted by moviemaker José Luis Garci.

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