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Puerto Rico Lawmakers Set to Tangle Over Governor’s Successor

  • Governor names ex-congressman, but legislature must approve
  • Pierluisi has worked with unpopular federal oversight board
Pedro Pierluisi

Pedro Pierluisi

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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Outgoing Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said he is nominating as his successor Pedro Pierluisi, the commonwealth’s former representative in the U.S. Congress, although it’s unclear whether the island’s legislature will approve the appointment.

Rossello, who is to step down Friday after a scandal and massive street protests, made the announcement with a morning Twitter post and called for a special legislative session to begin Thursday. The bankrupt U.S. commonwealth’s House of Representatives is set to hold a vote at 1 p.m. Friday regarding the appointment of a secretary of state -- next in the line of succession -- according to a notice of the session.