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Thu Aug 8, 2019, 12:15 AM

Wanda Vazquez becomes Puerto Rico's 3rd governor in a week after island's highest court ruling

Source: NBC News

Wanda Vázquez becomes Puerto Rico's 3rd governor in a week after island's highest court ruling

Puerto Rico's Supreme Court ruled that the process used by Ricardo Rosselló to name Pedro Pierluisi as his successor was unconstitutional.

Aug. 7, 2019, 1:08 PM EDT / Updated Aug. 7, 2019, 7:42 PM EDT
By Nicole Acevedo

Puerto Rico's Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became the third person in a week to occupy the post of governor of the U.S. territory.

Vázquez was sworn in late Wednesday afternoon, hours after the island's Supreme Court unanimously ruled that part of the law used by embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to name Pedro Pierluisi as his successor was unconstitutional.

"I arrive at this position by constitutional provision and by opinion of law, but with the greatest respect and determination to serve my people and to push Puerto Rico forward," said Vázquez in a statement after being sworn at the Puerto Rico Supreme Court in San Juan. "It is with great humility and commitment that I assume the position to direct the destinies of our country, with responsibility and delivery."

Vázquez, who was appointed in 2017, is seen as loyal to Rosselló and protesters gathered in front of the governor's mansion shortly after she was sworn in. The hashtag #WandaRenuncia (#WandaResign) was already trending on Twitter.

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Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/puerto-rico-s-supreme-court-law-used-name-new-governor-n1039911

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