SAN JUAN (Reuters) – Puerto Rico’s newly installed governor and its Senate president faced off on Tuesday in written arguments submitted to the island’s supreme court, which will decide who is in charge of the bankrupt government.
Both sides agreed that Puerto Rico is facing its biggest constitutional crisis after days of protests forced Governor Ricardo Rossello to leave office on Friday.
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Pedro Pierluisi, Rossello’s handpicked successor, is fighting a constitutional challenge filed by Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz over Pierluisi’s appointment as secretary of state, a position next in line to the governor.
Pierluisi was sworn in as governor on Friday after the Puerto Rico House confirmed him as secretary of state, without confirmation from the Senate. On Sunday, Schatz filed a lawsuit claiming his chamber’s advice and consent duty under the island’s constitution was usurped and Pierluisi should be removed from office.
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It was unclear if the Supreme Court would schedule oral arguments in the case, although a ruling was widely expected to be issued soon given the political turmoil.
Pierluisi’s legal brief warned that if the high court decides in favor of the Senate, “it would have a disastrous impact on Puerto Rico’s governance,” and jeopardize the...
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