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Puerto Rico Succession Crisis Escalates After Vote Delayed

  • Hearing on successor postponed until after governor resigns
  • Secretary of Justice says she’ll assume governorship if needed
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Puerto Rico’s succession crisis escalated after lawmakers delayed a hearing on embattled Governor Ricardo Rossello’s replacement until after he leaves office, fueling the political chaos gripping the bankrupt island.

The commonwealth’s Senate met Thursday during a special session to debate Rossello’s nomination of Pedro Pierluisi as secretary of state, a currently vacant position that’s next in the line of succession when the governor leaves office on Friday at 5 p.m.