Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez sworn in as governor – USA TODAY
WASHINGTONÂ âÂ Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Wanda VÃ¡zquez was sworn in as governor Wednesday after the island’s Supreme Court earlier in the day overturned the swearing-in ofÂ Pedro Pierluisi last Friday.
Pierluisi was sworn in after former Gov.Â Ricardo RossellÃ³ resigned due to massive protests fromÂ Puerto Ricans frustrated with corruption, mismanagement and a leaked obscenity-laced chatÂ in which RossellÃ³ and 11 other men made fun of women, gay people and Hurricane Maria victims.
RossellÃ³, before stepping down, appointed Pierluisi secretary of state while legislators were in recess. Although Puerto Rico’sÂ House approved his nomination, the Senate did not. Secretary of State would be the next person in line to become governor.
The Senate sued and argued that it need to approveÂ RossellÃ³’s appointment. The Puerto Rico Supreme Court ruled in the favor of the Senate. The Justice Secretary was next in line to be sworn in.
VÃ¡zquez had previously said she had “no interest” in becoming governor.
However in a statement Wednesday,Â VÃ¡zquez said she would step up as governor.
âPuerto Rico needs assurance and stability,” she said.Â “Our actions will be aimed toward that end and it will always come first.”
Contributing: Associated Press
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