August 7, 2019 / 5:26 PM / 12 days ago

Puerto Rico Supreme Court rules new governor must step down

SAN JUAN, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The Puerto Rico Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that last week’s swearing in of Pedro Pierluisi as governor was unconstitutional and that he must leave office later in the day.

In a unanimous decision, the nine-member high court nullified his governorship based on the fact his earlier appointment as secretary of state and next in line for governor had not been confirmed by both chambers of the legislature.

Reporting by Luis Valentin Ortiz in San Juan Additional reporting by Karen Pierog in Chicago Editing by Matthew Lewis

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