The woman who is next in line to replace embattled Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló next week now says she doesn’t want the job, as the US territory is embroiled in crisis.
”I have no interest in occupying the position of Governor. It is a Constitutional opinion. I hope that the Governor identifies and submits a candidate for the position of Secretary of State before August 2 and I have told him so,” Wanda Vázquez, the secretary of justice, announced Sunday on her Twitter account.
Under Puerto Rico’s constitution, Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin would have succeeded Rosselló – but he resigned earlier this month after it was revealed he was among the top officials involved in the scandal that led to Rosselló’s ouster.
Messages exchanged between the outgoing governor and his close advisers show they insulted women and victims of Hurricane Maria.
Rosselló initially said he would not seek a second term, but protests rocked the country over the past two weeks calling for his immediate resignation.
If a new secretary of state isn’t approved in time, the line of succession after Vázquez falls to Secretary of Treasury Francisco Parés and Secretary of Education Eligio Hernández.
But some protesters and government officials have been pushing for Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz.
With Post wires