By Dialogo December 03, 2010 The Colombian Supreme Court of Justice has chosen Viviane Morales as chief public prosecutor, ending a sixteenth-month vacancy due to a dispute between former president Alvaro Uribe and the judicial branch that delayed court cases and criminal investigations. This is the first time in the history of the South American country that a woman has been chosen as chief public prosecutor. Morales obtained fourteen out of eighteen votes cast by the justices who participated in the election. “After so long a vacancy, with so many tasks to carry out, with so many extremely delicate investigations that the public prosecutor has to deal with, the truth is that it’s a challenge that will mean working intensely, sacrificing my family life and personal life,” the new chief public prosecutor said. Morales promised a frontal assault on corruption and guaranteed independence and transparency at the head of the investigative agency.