The Jalisco Congress ratified Jesus Eduardo Alamguer Ramirez as the new state fiscal (attorney general) Thursday by a vote of 33 in favor and one abstention. He was subsequently sworn in at the Government Palace in the presence of Governor Aristoteles Sandoval.
Little time was wasted on protocols once Alamguer was named as the successor to Luis Carlos Najera, who resigned as attorney general on Monday, July 6.
Alamguer, Jalisco Labor Secretary for the past two and a half years, held a meeting behind closed doors with state legislators on Thursday morning before his appointment was ratified.
A lawyer and former state president of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Alamguer, has won plaudits for his work at the Labor Ministry. But, as some security experts pointed out this week, he will need to take a crash course in policing and law enforcement if he is to effect any significant operational changes at the FGE, the revamped state law-enforcement agency that replaced the Procuraduria General de Justicia when Sandoval took office in March 2013.
Government Secretary Roberto Lopez Lara described Alamguer as “a prestigious lawyer who knows the law.”
Opposition politicians called the appointment a new opportunity to reshape public security in the state.