Puerto Rico remains without a replacement as Rosselló steps down

Puerto Rico is still without a succeeding governor just hours before the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Traditionally, the secretary of state fills the governor’s place, but that position is currently in limbo. Although Rossello chose Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia as secretary of state to replace Luis G. Rivera Marín, who also resigned amidst the text scandal, Pierluisi has not been confirmed yet.

If Pierluisi is not confirmed by Friday at 5 p.m., Puerto Rican law establishes that Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez would become governor — a position that Vázquez has emphasized her disinterest in filling.

In Thursday’s legislative session, Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz delayed Pierluisi’s confirmation hearing to next week. The hearing will not be necessary, however, if Pierluisi does not get enough votes Friday at 9 a.m. in a House public hearing for a possible vote on his nomination.


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H/T: NBC News