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Puerto Rico Justice secretary assures she would assume governorship

By on August 1, 2019

Vázquez says she would accept her constitutional responsibility

SAN JUAN – The secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Justice, Wanda Vázquez Garced, said Thursday she would not resign were the legislature not to confirm Pedro Pierluisi as secretary of State and replace Ricardo Rosselló as governor when he leaves office Friday.

“We are attentive to the process the Legislature has underway in relation to the evaluation of the designated Secretary of State. We will continue to perform our function. My resignation is not contemplated,” tweeted.

She also maintained her position that, if developments lead to the role of governor falling upon her, she would be sworn in.

“If the time comes, we will assume the responsibility imposed by the Constitution and the Law,” the Justice secretary said.

Her remarks came minutes before it became known that the confirmation process by the Senate would continue Monday at 11 a.m. when a “Total Commission” was convened.

Pierluisi was sworn in Wednesday as secretary of State.

However, in the House of Representatives, the public hearings will continue Friday at 9 a.m. A secretary of State nomination must be confirmed by both legislative chambers.

Last week, after learning about Rosselló’s resignation, Vázquez said she did not want to become governor.

Rosselló sent his resignation letter to the legislature following massive demonstrations calling for him to step down ensued after the former Education secretary and Health Insurance administrator were arrested for alleged corruption and private conversations with his inner circle were leaked the same week.

—CyberNews contributed to this report.

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