March 1, 2021

Rosselló leaves and Pierluisi enters, but Puerto Rico is still in a sea of ​​doubt

The new governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, opens this Saturday as president, after the formal resignation of Ricardo Rosselló, but the legal doubts about whether it is by right who should be at the head of the government do not calm down.

For today there is no planned public activity of the new governor, who has already announced that he will not reside in La Fortaleza, the headquarters of the executive, in Old San Juan, until the uncertainty about the constitutional legality of his office is resolved, now held of the Senate.

However, it will hold meetings with part of the work team of its predecessor and some members of its own advisors.

The fact that there is a new governor does not calm the rush and doubts that have marked the news of the island in these weeks; not even this Friday at 4:59 p.m. (8:59 p.m. GMT) when Rosselló was about to formalize his resignation, it was known who was going to succeed him.

And all for a legal tangle that some and others, rulers, former governors, legislators, analysts, lawyers, media and experts interpret in their own way and nobody knows for sure what is right.

Starting with Pierluisi himself who, in his first press conference, almost two hours after being sworn in as a governor at his sister's house by a judge, acknowledged that he was aware of the existence of these legal doubts.

All of this is based on the interpretation made of the Constitution and of Law 7 of 1952, amended in 2005, on succession.

The Constitution of the island states that a secretary of state, first in the line of succession before a governor's vacancy, must be ratified by the Legislative Assembly, while Law 7, in which Rosselló was screened to appoint Pierluisi, It states that said position does not require confirmation from either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

But only in the case that it refers to the succession of a governor.

Yesterday, one hour after the appointment of the new governor, the Chamber approved the appointment of Pierluisi as secretary of state, however the Senate will decide on his confirmation on Monday.

Pierluisi, governor number 12 and the first to rise to power in mid-term, could achieve a new label; the shortest governor in the history of the island: only three days.

This is due to the fact that, as the media announced earlier this Friday, in case the Senate does not ratify this Monday, the secretary of Justice, Wanda Vázquez, second in the line of succession, would take office.

Senators have been summoned in the Senate Chamber at 3:00 local time (19:00 GMT).

The position of secretary of state was vacant since Luis Rivera, resigned 23 days ago when the full content of the chat that has contributed and led to the greatest political crisis that the island has experienced was revealed.

In it, Rosselló, Rivera and other advisors close to the governor insulted and criticized women, LGBT groups, journalists, artists and politicians and revealed strategies in the media.

Last Wednesday the former governor appointed as a candidate for the vacancy in the Secretary of State Pierluisi, which has caused haste and triggered uncertainty by not giving time to make the transfer of power in an orderly and fully legal manner.

The crisis and political instability has resulted in the already battered economy of the island, plunged into bankruptcy and a debt of about 73,000 million dollars, a certain commercial instability.

A survey of the Chamber of Commerce of Puerto Rico among its partners, published this Saturday by the local press, reflects that 74 percent of the businesses of some 42 companies that had responded to the survey, revealed that their companies have affected their business for what happened.

To this is added that many businesses in the capital have been forced to close due to the existence of protest demonstrations in their vicinity.

The Association of Builders of Puerto Rico (ACPR), through its president, Emilio Colón, has indicated that the "environment of instability in nothing pays for the climate and recovery task".

The Puerto Rico section of the Association of General Contractors of America (AGC-PR) recalled, for its part, that delaying this confirmation could have an adverse impact on the construction industry and the economy of the island.

An unstable environment that does not seem to go down before the decision of the Senate on Monday and the announcement that the issue will reach the courts.

The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, announced Friday that the municipality she directs will present on Monday a resource "challenging the oath" of the new governor of Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, the former governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, said goodbye yesterday with a brief message through the social network Instagram in which he says that "it has been the highest honor of my life to serve our people."

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