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Vote delay throws Puerto Rico into chaos


© Bill Clark Pedro Pierluisi at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 19, 2012.


Uncertainty reigned in Puerto Rico on Thursday as the island’s Legislature delayed confirmation of a new secretary of state who could succeed embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.


Rosselló, whose resignation becomes effective Friday at 5 p.m., had chosen Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia as secretary of state to fill the vacancy left by Luis G. Rivera Marín — who submitted his resignation on July 13 after he came under fire for his involvement in the chat scandal that led to Rosselló’s ouster.


By law, the island's secretary of state should be the one to succeed Rosselló. But if Pierluisi is not confirmed before Rosselló officially steps down, Puerto Rico’s constitution establishes that Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez would take over as governor. But Vázquez has emphasized her disinterest in the position.



NBC News

2nd August 2019

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