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Puerto Rican Succession Crisis Escalates as Governor Set to Exit

  • Governor-in-waiting Wanda Vazquez doesn’t want the job
  • Outgoing Rossello has less than a week to name successor
Puerto Ricans Celebrate Following Governor Rossello's Resignation Announcement
Photographer: Xavier Garcia/Bloomberg

Puerto Rico’s worst political crisis in decades is intensifying after the commonwealth’s governor-in-waiting Wanda Vazquez, said she doesn’t want to take power, leaving the bankrupt island facing an unprecedented succession impasse.

On Sunday, Vazquez, the secretary of justice, said in a Twitter post that she hoped Governor Ricardo Rossello would nominate a different successor before he steps down Aug. 2. Vazquez, an ally of the outgoing governor and a member of his New Progressive Party, is next in line because the secretary of state position is vacant.