For the first time in seven decades, an unelected governor is responsible for Puerto Rico.
Pedro Pierluisi was sworn in as a new governor of the island in a private ceremony, seconds after Governor Ricardo Rosselló's resignation took effect on Friday 17.00
Rosselló, the the first of the inhabitants of Puerto Rico elected governor ever resigned resigned after two weeks of mass protests triggered by scandals over leaked polemics and corruption investigations
Both the incoming and outgoing Governors said in written statements that Pierluisi is governor within the legal and constitutional framework of Puerto Rico.
Pierluisi said in a statement that "he was sworn in as governor of Puerto Rico under Section 7 and Article 4 of the Puerto Rican Constitution." He clarified that he would remain in office until the next election, only if the Senate ratified him as governor; They meet on Monday. If not, he would resign.
But Puerto Rican legal groups and others on the island criticized Pierluisi's interpretation of the constitution of the US territory, with some referring to a "cruel abduction of Puerto Rico's current constitution."
Puerto Rico A written statement from the Bar Association stated that "the legitimacy of the newly sworn in [governor] is in question" is to "examine the necessary procedures to institute legal proceedings to challenge Pierluisi's oath as governor
The laws must not deviate from the constitutional postulates, the intention of the constitution's authors and the current situation, "wrote the organization.
Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan in the 2020 elections, has already announced her plans for . On Monday morning appeal against Pierluisi's point of view .
Central to the dispute is the question of whether Pierluisi Rosselló's rightful successor was
Pierluisi quoted a part of the Puerto Rican constitution that explains what should happen when "a vacancy occurs in the governor's seat".
Two basic rules are established: The Secretary of State of the island is to become the new Governor, and the positions of Governor and Secretary Secretary of State are vacant at the same time, "the law will determine which of the secretaries-in-office will take the position of governor."
Rosselló had selected Pierluisi to fill the vacant State Secretary Luis G. Rivera Marín, who had recently resigned, One month after his involvement in the chat scandal that led to Rosselló's overthrow.
An hour before Rosselló's official resignation, the Puerto Rican House of Representatives confirmed Pierluisi's appointment as Secretary of State after a lengthy hearing on Friday.
Some lawmakers consider the House's approval sufficient for Pierluisi to officially become Secretary of State, and thus assume the office of governor as soon as Rosselló's exit has become official. Others insist that Pierluisi needed the approval of Pierluisi both the House and the Senate to become a legitimate Secretary of State, who could be sworn in as governor of Puerto Rico.
Rep. Jenniffer González, Puerto Rico's non-voting member of the congress, is one of them.
González is one of the authors of the law determining who Puerto Rico's governor will be when both positions, governor and foreign minister, are vacant at the same time
The law, in which she co-sponsored in 2005, states that "a secretary or a secretary must hold his position in ownership "to act as governor, suggesting that Pierluisi should have been confirmed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  "The constitution and inheritance law are very clear," González said in a statement, adding that Justice Minister Wanda Vázquez should be the new governor, as Pierluisi was only confirmed by the House of Representatives.
Minutes after his official resignation Rosselló said in a press release that Pierluisi was his rightful successor, as inheritance law contained a recommendation from the Ministry of Justice of the island stating that this was not necessary for the Secretary of State had been confirmed the permanent assumption of governance "because" the constitutional text requires no confirmation and should not be required in an emergency. "
Puerto Rico's ACLU chapter condemned Rosselló's interpretation of the law on the grounds that he had prioritized a legislative amendment to a constitutional mandate  "The Constitution is the document against which our rulers, legislators and judges are sworn. We have to stick to it in order to preserve it; Ignorance of the power of the Constitution is an act of great concern, especially in those historic moments in which we live in Puerto Rico, "the ACLU said in a statement.
Social justice and independence groups such as Juventud Hostoniana and Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano and the Bar Association of Puerto Rico have called for constitutional changes to allow the election of a new governor in a special election in the future.
"The swearing-in of Pedro Pierluisi as governor of Puerto Rico was a confusing process in which he had not even been confirmed as foreign minister, "said Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano in a statement.
" This situation confirms our position that it is necessary to convene a constituent assembly that has done so deeply in public participation, "the Co said President of the group, Wilma Reverón Collazo, in one he explanation.
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