The politician who next wanted to take up the post of Governor of Puerto Rico – after Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation last week – announced on Sunday that she had "no interest" in the position.
Justice Minister Wanda Vázquez becomes Puerto Rico's second wife to act as governor.
In a tweet however, Vázquez wrote: "I have no interest in occupying the governor's position."
It is a constitutional opinion. I hope that the Governor will identify and propose a candidate for the post of Foreign Minister before 2 August. "The day Rosselló, a Democrat and member of the New Progressive Party (PNP) of the Territory, will resign.
She added that she told the embattled governor of her wishes.
CROWD'S FLOOD STREETS TO PUERTO RICO'S GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES RESCUITION The first governor to resign in the history of the US Isles. Many Puerto Ricans have also demanded their removal during the crisis.
The embattled governor's decision came after more than a week of protests against him triggered by a leak of crude and offensive chat messages between Rosselló and his top advisers. Before Rosselló announced his own departure, the legislature threatened with impeachment.
His announcement was answered with firecrackers in Puerto Rico's capital, when people saw people crying, pots and pans beat and music playing.
Protesters among the jubilant crowd celebrating the resignation in Old San Juan told Fox News on Thursday they were "relieved" but there are still "many corrupt people we want to get out of here".
PUERTO RICO CROWDS RETURN AGAINST GOVERNOR, BUT SAY THAT MANY CORRUPTED PEOPLE HAVE TO BE REMOVED. 19659003] In a message, Rosselló reportedly called a New York politician of Puerto Rican descent a "w — e" and described another as a "daughter of a b — h". A conversation contained vulgar references to Latin pop The homosexuality of star Ricky Martin.
More than a dozen officers have resigned since the chats were leaked, including former Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin, who, according to US officials, would soon have replaced Rosselló with territorial constitution.
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The island has been attempting to restructure some of its $ 70 billion debt and tackle a 13-year recession that has taken place has led to an exodus of nearly half a million people in the past decade on the US mainland. Many Puerto Ricans were outraged by the resulting pension cuts, school closures and other austerity measures.
Greg Norman of Fox News, Bryan Llenas, Brie Stimson, Danielle Wallace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.