Woman set to replace Puerto Rico’s governor turns down job

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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

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