Argentine prosecutor general Esteban Righi has officially stepped down from his position this afternoon.
Righi formalised his resignation this afternoon through a letter that arrived at the Casa Rosada at 5:15pm, according to the national daily InfoBAE.
In his resignation letter, Righi said he leaves office because he will not have “appropriate level of spiritual serenity to fully serve the public interest.”
“It is also true that I don’t believe it’s possible to honorably fulfill a high position in public office if doing so compromises one’s honour or family honour.”
Yesterday, vice-president Amado Boudou filed a court complaint against Righi’s former law firm, after making a statement Thursday against Righi as well as Stock Exchange president Adelmo Gabbi.
Righi was in New York on Thursday when Boudou accused Righi’s old law firm of offering to “improve his relationship” with the federal justice.
Boudou is facing allegations of embezzlement related to the “Ciccone case.” He is suspected of having used his influences to lift the printing company out of bankruptcy while serving as economy minister in 2010.
Righi was prosecutor general for almost eight years, heading up the Public Prosecution Office.
According to Página/12, the government executive will have to appoint someone new to fill the position, a move that will require the agreement of two thirds of the senators present in the Senate when they discuss his statement.