Puerto Rico’s disgraced Gov. Ricardo Rossello formally stepped down from workplace on Friday night time — and his final act was to swear in veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi as his successor.
The brand new governor’s destiny stays unclear, nevertheless, as Pierluisi himself conceded following his swearing in, in his first information convention.
To render him eligible for the governorship, Rossello had first appointed Pierluisi as secretary of state.
The appointment was accredited after a heated battle by Puerto Rico’s Home of Representatives, which is managed by Pierluisi’s New Progressive Get together.
However Pierluisi, who made many enemies — as former advisor to the hated, federally-created board the that supervised Puerto Rico’s chapter — is way much less standard in Puerto Rico’s Senate, which additionally should affirm him.
Already, Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz has termed Pierluisi’s appointment “unethical and unlawful.”
Pierluisi advised reporters that the territory’s Senate would meet Wednesday to vote on whether or not to substantiate him as governor.
“The Senate could have its say and by the top of Wednesday we’ll know whether or not I’m ratified,” stated Pierluisi, who till final week was a company legal professional for Washington legislation agency O’Neill & Borges.