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Puerto Rico has named its third governor in just a week following a court ruling that Ricardo Rosselló's first successor was unconstitutional.
Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez was officially sworn in on Wednesday evening, taking the oath of office at the Puerto Rican Supreme Court.
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The day’s events settle at least the dispute over who will lead the U.S. territory after its political establishment was knocked off balance by large protests.
But they were also expected to unleash a new wave of demonstrations because many Puerto Ricans have said they don’t want Vázquez as governor.
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Former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was forced to resign following anger over corruption, mismanagement of funds and a leaked obscenity-laced chat.
Pedro Pierluisi was appointed secretary of state by then-Gov. Ricardo Rosselló while legislators were in recess, and only the House approved his nomination.
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Pierluisi was then sworn in as governor Friday. But that was challenged in court by the Senate.
Puerto Rico’s Senate sued to challenge Pierluisi’s legitimacy as governor, arguing that its approval was also necessary. The Supreme Court judges ruled in favor of the Senate.
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'Our legal system imposes in the Secretary of Justice to assume the position of Puerto Rico governorship, a position that I am willing to assume with the responsibility and seriousness that it merits,' Vázquez said in a statement that was released shortly after the announcement was made.
'Puerto Rico needs certainty and stability.'
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Vázquez is the second woman to hold the post since Sila Calderón, who was in office from 2001 to 2005.
Pierluisi previously said he would respect whatever ruling was made.
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Shortly after it was announced, someone yelled through a loudspeaker near the governor's mansion: 'Pierluisi out! The constitution of Puerto Rico should be respected!'
Pierluisi, who lost the 2016 governor's primary to Rosselló, was then sworn in after Rosselló formally resigned...
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