• PRESIDENT Aug 14, 2019

    New Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Finally Overcoming Challenges

    Puerto Rico’s new governor finally appeared to be overcoming some of the challenges to her authority on Wednesday following weeks of political turmoil on the U.S. territory, with key members of the majority New Progressive Party expressing support. That may allow Gov. Wanda Vázquez, who has never held elected office, to turn her attention to the territory’s lagging efforts to...

  • Governor Aug 10, 2019

    Puerto Ricans Ask ‘What's Next?' as Political Limbo Deepens

    Puerto Rico’s streets have remained so quiet since Gov. Wanda Vázquez took over as governor following weeks of turmoil that one can again hear the island’s famous coquí frog singing at night. The protests that led to the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló just a week ago and continued on a smaller scale until the Supreme Court removed his chosen...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Governor Jul 25, 2019

    Puerto Rico Governor Silent as Impeachment Process Looms

    Legislators prepared to begin an impeachment process for Puerto Rico’s leader as thousands of protesters gathered around the governor’s mansion late Wednesday and chanted, “We want peace, and they want war!” as they demanded his ouster. Frustration and anger began building as the silence from Gov. Ricardo Rosselló stretched late into the night despite promises from his spokesman that the...

  • Governor Jul 23, 2019

    Cellphones Sought in Puerto Rico as Political Crisis Deepens

    A Puerto Rico judge issued search warrants for the cellphones of government officials involved in a crude online chat whose leak has set off a political crisis that threatens to bring down the U.S. territory’s governor. One of the search warrants said that government officials used the chat to transmit official and confidential information to private citizens in potential violation...

  • Facebook Jul 23, 2019

    Tens of Thousands of Puerto Ricans Demand Governor Resign

    Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in a crisis triggered by a leak of offensive, obscenity-laden chat messages between him and his advisers....
    The demonstration appeared to be the biggest protest on the island in nearly two decades. “Finally, the government’s...

  • Donald Trump Mar 22, 2019

    Puerto Rico Mayor and Trump Critic Carmen Yulin Cruz Announces Run for Governor

    The mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital announced Friday that she is running for governor of the U.S. territory. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is a polarizing figure who became an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump after Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017 as a Category 4 storm. “Trump and his followers here and over there clung to...

  • United States Jun 11, 2017

    Crisis-Hit Puerto Rico Set to Vote on Statehood

    Puerto Rico residents head to the polls Sunday to vote on whether the island should become the 51st U.S. state, a prospect that the island’s pro-statehood governor has been promoting as a solution to the island’s debt crisis. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló from the New Progressive Party and his government have been pushing for statehood on the non-binding referendum, NBC News...

  • Washington Jan 2, 2017

    Puerto Rico's New Governor Vows Immediate Push for Statehood

    Puerto Rico’s new governor was sworn in Monday, promising an immediate push for statehood in a territory facing a deep economic crisis. Gov. Ricardo Rossello, 37, proposed several measures aimed at alleviating the crisis shortly after he was sworn in at midnight. Among them is a proposal to hold a referendum that would ask voters whether they prefer statehood or...

  • Congress Nov 9, 2016

    Ardent Statehood Supporter Wins Puerto Rico's Governorship

    An ardent supporter of statehood for Puerto Rico won the governor’s race on the island Tuesday, after campaigning on a pledge to turn the economically troubled U.S. territory into the 51st state during his term.

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