Wanda Vazquez sworn in as governor of Puerto Rico

8 August 2019
2019-08-08 16:21

Wanda Vazquez was sworn in as governor of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, becoming the third governor in less than a week. Vazquez, the island's justice secretary, was sworn in at the supreme court in San Juan just hours after the bankrupt U.S. territory's supreme court ruled that Pedro Pierluisi's assumption of the office was unconstitutional and ordered him to leave.

The unanimous decision by the nine-member high court nullified Pierluisi's governorship based on the fact his earlier appointment as secretary of state and next in line for governor had not been confirmed by both chambers of the legislature. In a statement following the court ruling, Vazquez said: "Puerto Rico needs certainty and stability."

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