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.
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.
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.