Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez has been sworn in as Puerto Rico’s latest governor, hours after the island’s Supreme Court overturned the swearing in of Pedro Pierluisi as governor. The unanimous ruling said Pierluisi must step aside immediately. Puerto Rico’s Senate sued to challenge Pierluisi’s legitimacy as governor, arguing that its approval was also necessary, and the Supreme Court held in favor of the Senate.
The high court’s decision cannot be appealed, and was expected to result in new demonstrations because many Puerto Ricans have said they don’t want Vázquez as governor.
Vázquez became justice secretary in January 2017 and has limited experience leading government agencies. She previously worked as a district attorney for two decades at Puerto Rico’s justice department, handling domestic and sexual abuse cases, and in 2010 was appointed director of the Office for Women’s Rights.
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