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Several weeks after Former Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello resigned following a mass protest movement dedicated to ousting him, the commonwealth's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the oath of office given to his handpicked successor was unconstitutional, clearing the for Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez Garced to become the island's next governor.
The unanimous decision, according to CNN, found that last week's swearing in of Pedro Pierluisi was unconstitutional because he hadn't been confirmed as secretary of state (the island's legislature was in recess and thus couldn't vote to confirm him).
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If Pierluisi had been confirmed, he would have been constitutionally next in line to become governor. But since he wasn't, the line of succession goes next to Vazquez Garced.
The ruling will take effect at 5 pm Wednesday to "ensure an orderly succession."
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The legal challenge was brought by Senate president Thomas Rivera Schatz, a rival of Rosselló's who reportedly has his sights on winning the governorship one day.
The ruling is just one element of the infighting that has gripped Rosselló's New Progressive Party. The ruling also raises the prospect of deepening political turmoil, since neither candidate is...
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