Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
»
3-min read

Puerto Rico Gets New Governor as Rosello Steps Down, But He May Not be Here to Stay

Pedro Pierluisi, a lawyer who formerly advised the despised, federally created board supervising Puerto Rico's bankruptcy, was sworn in even though his appointment had not gone to vote before the Senate.

PTI

Updated:August 3, 2019, 8:47 AM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
Puerto Rico Gets New Governor as Rosello Steps Down, But He May Not be Here to Stay
Pedro Pierluisi holds a news conference after swearing in as Governor of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Gabriella N. Baez
Loading...

San Juan: The handpicked successor to disgraced Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello was sworn in on Friday after Rossello stepped down, but lawyer Pedro Pierluisi said his term as governor might be short as the island's Senate still had to ratify his position.

At his first news conference as leader of the US territory, Pierluisi said Puerto Rico's Senate would meet on Wednesday to vote on whether to confirm his position as governor.

Pierluisi, a lawyer who formerly advised the despised, federally created board supervising Puerto Rico's bankruptcy, was sworn in even though his appointment had not yet gone before the Senate for a vote. Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, who calls Pierluisi "the lawyer for Puerto Rico's number one enemy," termed the controversial move "unethical and illegal."

"The Senate will have its say and by the end of Wednesday we'll know whether I am ratified," Pierluisi, who until last week was a corporate attorney for Washington law firm O'Neill & Borges, told reporters. "If I am not ratified then the second in line, the secretary of justice of Puerto Rico, will take over the governorship."

Rossello, a 40-year-old, first-term governor, had tapped Pierluisi as secretary of state, a position that would put him first in line as successor to the governor.

The island's leading newspaper El Nuevo Dia subsequently reported that Schatz had rescheduled the session to vote on the appointment for Monday.

Hundreds of people, many waving the Puerto Rican flag, chanted and rang bells outside the governor's mansion in the historic center of San Juan, after Rossello's resignation. Police on several occasions warned they would fire tear gas to disperse protesters, but by 9.30 pm they had yet to do so or move in on demonstrators.

"Unethical and Illegal Behaviour"

Pierluisi's instatement capped off a week of political chaos in Puerto Rico after Rossello said he would resign over offensive chat messages that drew around a third of the island's 3.2 million people to the streets in protest. The chats between Rossello and top aides took aim at female politicians, gay celebrities like Ricky Martin and poked fun at ordinary Puerto Ricans.

The publication of the messages unleashed anger building for years in Puerto Rico over the island's painful bankruptcy process, ineffective hurricane recovery efforts and corruption scandals linked to a string of past governors, including Rossello's father.

The departure of Rossello began a succession battle, with leaders of his ruling party opposing Pierluisi on grounds his work for the control board, known for targeting pensions and bonuses, posed conflicts of interest.

Puerto Rico's House of Representatives on Friday approved Pierluisi as secretary of state.

Until an appointment was confirmed by both chambers, Schatz and other senators said the next in line for governor, under law, was Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez

"He did not respect the wishes of the people. In fact, he mocked them using new accomplices," Schatz said in a tweet after Rossello announced that Pierluisi would be sworn in. "The disrespect, the lying the unethical and illegal behavior went viral."

The island's political stability is a concern to the US federal government which has allocated $42.5 billion to hurricane recovery efforts. Investors are watching its efforts to restructure $120 billion in debt and pension liabilities from the largest ever bankruptcy in the US municipal bond market.

Puerto Rican law professor Julio Fontanet saw the risk of a "constitutional crisis," which could involve the island's supreme court, given the law, in his opinion, made clear the justice secretary should have been appointed governor.

"This constitutes a completely unnecessary crisis, the fruit of the irresponsibility and immaturity of Ricardo Rossello," Fontanet said in a television interview.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, trading recommendations, equity analysis, investment ideas, insights from market gurus and much more. Get Moneycontrol PRO for 1 year at price of 3 months. Use code FREEDOM.

Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Loading...
Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results