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Battle for Power in Puerto Rico Heads to Island’s Supreme Court

  • Newly declared governor subject to suits from Senate, San Juan
  • Court agrees to speedy consideration of governor’s appointment
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Puerto Rico Awaits Court Decision

Puerto Rico’s roiling political crisis has entered a new phase, with the U.S. territory’s top court agreeing to consider whether newly sworn Governor Pedro Pierluisi assumed the office legally.

The island’s supreme court responded rapidly to a lawsuit filed Sunday by Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz seeking an order to force Pierluisi to give up the functions of the office. The court ordered all sides to submit written arguments by Tuesday at noon.