Wanda Vázquez becomes Puerto Rico's third governor in a week!

on . Posted in Patriot News Network

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (PNN) - August 9, 2019 - Puerto Rico's Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became the third person in a week to occupy the post of governor of the Fascist Police States of Amerika territory.

Vázquez was sworn in late Wednesday afternoon, hours after the island's Supreme Court unanimously ruled that part of the law used by embattled Governor Ricardo Roselló to name Pedro Pierluisi as his successor was unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court decision came after Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz filed a lawsuit Monday, asking courts to immediately remove Pierluisi from his post based on the fact that the events didn’t follow the constitution.

Vázquez, who was appointed as Justice Secretary in 2017, is seen as loyal to Rosselló, and protesters gathered in front of the governor's mansion shortly after she was sworn in. The hashtag #WandaRenuncia (#WandaResign) was already trending on Twitter.

"I arrive at this position by constitutional provision and by opinion of law, but with the greatest respect and determination to serve my people and to push Puerto Rico forward," said Vázquez in a statement after being sworn at the Puerto Rico Supreme Court in San Juan. "It is with great humility and commitment that I assume the position to direct the destinies of our country, with responsibility and delivery."

Late Wednesday night, Vázquez tried to appease critics during her first televised address as governor, saying she hopes to foster “a conciliatory and inclusive dialogue” and work towards seeking “consensus on everything we do not agree on” even though she was not elected by the people of Puerto Rico.

She also spoke about her plans to meet with leaders across the board, from lawmakers to religious and community leaders, in upcoming days.

Vázquez is a member of the political Party in power, which supports statehood for Puerto Rico, as well as Rosselló, Pierluisi and Rivera Schatz.

Rosselló had chosen Pierluisi to fill the secretary of state vacancy left by Luis G. Rivera Marín, who resigned last month over his involvement in the chat scandal that led to Rosselló’s resignation after weeks of historic protests.

According to Puerto Rico’s constitution, the island's secretary of state is next in line if the governor position is vacant. But at the core of the legal dispute was the question of whether Pierluisi was a legitimate secretary of state in a position to become Rosselló's rightful successor.

"It's unconstitutional to allow a Secretary of State to become Governor without his having been confirmed by both legislative chambers," the Supreme Court said in a press release.

While Pierluisi had been confirmed as secretary of state by Puerto Rico's House of Representatives an hour before he took his oath as governor Friday, the island's Senate had never taken a vote on the nomination.

Senate president Rivera Schatz postponed the vote to this week, after Rosselló's resignation became official, but that vote never happened.

Instead, Schatz went to court, arguing that Pierluisi did not “occupy the position of secretary of state in property” because he wasn't confirmed by both Houses.

Pierluisi, a former resident commissioner and an attorney, argued that wasn't the only way that the secretary of state could be ratified.

In his defense, Pierluisi cited the law of succession of 2005, which incorporated a recommendation made by the island’s Department of Justice that waives a secretary of state’s confirmation requirement in case of an emergency.

Vázquez is both Puerto Rico's second female governor and second unelected governor in seven decades.

She has voiced her lack of interest in occupying the position and she has faced opposition from Puerto Ricans who see her as part of Rosselló's inner circle. Last week, the hashtag #WandaRenuncia (or "Wanda, resign") started trending after Rosselló hinted in his resignation address that she would most probably succeed him, since at the time he hadn't named Pierluisi as secretary of state.

Vázquez initially described the leaked chats that ousted Rosselló as "incorrect" but not illegal. She later announced that she would recuse herself from any investigation because she was mentioned in the chats.

Minutes before Vázquez was sworn in, Pierluisi issued a statement, "I wish the Honorable Wanda Vázquez Garced the greatest success as Governor of Puerto Rico. I will always be in the best disposition to advance any initiative that seeks to improve the quality of life of our people and to encourage the federal government to fulfill its responsibility to provide the support that Puerto Rico needs for its recovery and reconstruction."

Local news outlets reported last month that the Office of Government Ethics will investigate conversations between Vázquez and a former top regime official over her decision not to investigate allegations about the mishandling of much-needed post-hurricane provisions.

Eulogies

Eulogy for an Angel
1992-Dec. 20, 2005

Freedom
2003-2018

Freedom sm

My Father
1918-2010

brents dad

Dr. Stan Dale
1929-2007

stan dale

A. Solzhenitsyn
1918-2008

solzhenitsyn

Patrick McGoohan
1928-2009

mcgoohan

Joseph A. Stack
1956-2010

Bill Walsh
1931-2007

Walter Cronkite
1916-2009

Eustace Mullins
1923-2010

Paul Harvey
1918-2009

Don Harkins
1963-2009

Joan Veon
1949-2010

David Nolan
1943-2010

Derry Brownfield
1932-2011

Leroy Schweitzer
1938-2011

Vaclav Havel
1936-2011

Andrew Breitbart
1969-2012

Dick Clark
1929-2012

Bob Chapman
1935-2012

Ray Bradbury
1920-2012

Tommy Cryer
1949-2012

Andy Griffith
1926-2012

Phyllis Diller
1917-2012

Larry Dever
1926-2012

Brian J. Chapman
1975-2012

Annette Funnicello
1942-2012

Margaret Thatcher
1925-2012

Richie Havens
1941-2013

Jack McLamb
1944-2014

James Traficant
1941-2014

jim traficant

Dr. Stan Monteith
1929-2014

stan montieth

Leonard Nimoy
1931-2015

Leonard Nimoy

Stan Solomon
1944-2015

Stan Solomon

B. B. King
1926-2015

BB King

Irwin Schiff
1928-2015

Irwin Schiff

DAVID BOWIE
1947-2016

David Bowie

Muhammad Ali
1942-2016

Muhammed Ali

GENE WILDER
1933-2016

gene wilder

phyllis schlafly
1924-2016

phylis schafly

John Glenn
1921-2016

John Glenn

Charles Weisman
1954-2016

Charles Weisman

Carrie Fisher
1956-2016

Carrie Fisher

Debbie Reynolds
1932-2016

Debbie Reynolds

Roger Moore
1917-2017

Roger Moore

Adam West
1928-2017

Adam West

JERRY LEWIS
1926-2017

jerry lewis

HUGH HEFNER
1926-2017

Hugh Hefner

PROF. STEPHEN HAWKING
1942-2018

Hugh Hefner 

ART BELL
1945-2018

Art Bell

DWIGHT CLARK
1947-2018

dwight clark

CARL MILLER
1952-2017

Carl Miller

HARLAN ELLISON
1934-2018

Harlan Ellison

STAN LEE
1922-2018

stan lee