• Puerto Rico Oct 12

    Puerto Rico to Lift Pandemic Curfew, Ban on Alcohol Sales

    Puerto Rico’s governor has announced that he will be lifting a curfew and a ban on alcohol sales as the U.S. territory reports a drop in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.

  • JUDGE Aug 9, 2019

    Puerto Rico, With 3 Governors in a Week, Considers a 4th

    A day after Puerto Rico got its third governor in less than a week following angry street protests, top officials from new leader Wanda Vázquez’s own party talked openly Thursday about their desire to see a fourth take over the position. Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, who played a key role in the successful court challenge to the swearing-in of...

  • Governor Aug 8, 2019

    Puerto Ricans Get Their 3rd Governor in 6 Days

    Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became Puerto Rico’s new governor Wednesday, just the second woman to hold the office, after weeks of political turmoil and hours after the island’s Supreme Court declared Pedro Pierluisi’s swearing-in a week ago unconstitutional. Accompanied by her husband, Judge Jorge Díaz, and one of her daughters, Vázquez took the oath of office in the early evening...

  • Congress Aug 5, 2019

    Puerto Ricans Await Court Decision on Potential New Governor

    Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court on Monday agreed to rule on a lawsuit that the island’s Senate filed in a bid to oust a veteran politician recently sworn in as the island’s governor. The court gave all parties until Tuesday at noon to file all necessary paperwork, noting that no extensions will be awarded. The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction ordering...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Aug 3, 2019

    5 Facts: Pedro Pierluisi

    Here are five things to know about Pedro Pierluisi, newly appointed governor of Puerto Rico.

  • Congress Aug 3, 2019

    Puerto Rico Governor Resigns as Promised, Successor Sworn in

    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigned Friday as promised, clearing the way for veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi to be sworn in as his replacement, a move that threw the U.S. territory into a period of fresh political uncertainty. Rosselló had promised to step down in response to weeks of popular protest over mismanagement and a series of leaked chats in...

  • Facebook Aug 2, 2019

    Puerto Rico Still Unsure Who'll Be Governor Within Hours

    With just hours left before Puerto Rico’s governor was expected to step down, his designated successor tried Friday to convince legislators to confirm him in a down-to-the-wire attempt to avoid political chaos and avert a potential constitutional crisis. But even if Pedro Pierluisi manages to win confirmation in the island’s House of Representatives, legislators debating the constitution disagreed over the...

  • Facebook Jul 31, 2019

    Puerto Rico Braces for Clashes Over Island's Next Leader

    Puerto Rico’s political crisis appeared to deepen on Wednesday as the island’s outgoing governor and legislators — including those from his own party — clashed over who should be the next leader of a U.S. territory unbalanced by massive protests. The upheaval has raised fears that a government in chaos will have trouble negotiating for more federal funding for recovery...

  • Congress Jun 12, 2017

    Puerto Rico Upholds Statehood Demand in Vote Hit by Boycott

    Puerto Rico’s governor is vowing to turn the U.S. territory into the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote’s legitimacy. Gov. Ricardo Rossello told a couple hundred supporters waving U.S. flags late Sunday that he will soon create a commission to appoint two senators and...

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