• 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...

  • Governor Aug 8, 2019

    Puerto Ricans Get Their 3rd Governor in 6 Days

    Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became Puerto Rico’s new governor Wednesday, just the second woman to hold the office, after weeks of political turmoil and hours after the island’s Supreme Court declared Pedro Pierluisi’s swearing-in a week ago unconstitutional. Accompanied by her husband, Judge Jorge Díaz, and one of her daughters, Vázquez took the oath of office in the early evening...

  • Facebook Jul 31, 2019

    Puerto Rico Braces for Clashes Over Island's Next Leader

    Puerto Rico’s political crisis appeared to deepen on Wednesday as the island’s outgoing governor and legislators — including those from his own party — clashed over who should be the next leader of a U.S. territory unbalanced by massive protests. The upheaval has raised fears that a government in chaos will have trouble negotiating for more federal funding for recovery...

  • United States Jul 28, 2019

    Official Set to Replace Puerto Rico Governor Rejects Job

    Less than a week before taking office through the line of succession, Wanda Vázquez said she does not want to be Puerto Rico’s next governor.

  • NBC Jul 28, 2019

    In Case You Missed It Weekend Digest: July 28

    To help keep you informed on the most shared and talked about stories, each Saturday and Sunday we’ll revisit five stories from the previous week, including the most recent updates.

  • head Jul 27, 2019

    Puerto Rico's Next Governor Is Under Fire and She Hasn't Even Taken Office

    Puerto Rico’s soon-to-be Gov. Wanda Vázquez is already under fire a week before she’s set to take office. Vázquez, the head of the island’s justice department, is being investigated for allegedly failing to look into possible irregularities with the distribution of relief aid following Hurricane Maria in 2017.

  • Governor Jul 25, 2019

    #RickyRenunció: Celebs React to Embattled Governor's Resignation

    #RickyRenuncia has turned into #RickyRenunció. The viral hashtag documenting two weeks of furious protests changed tenses late Wednesday after embattled Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló officially announced he would resign on Aug. 2, following a political scandal set off by a leak of crude and insulting chat messages between him and his top advisers. A crowd of thousands outside the...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Jul 25, 2019

    Despite Massive and Historic Protests in Puerto Rico, Gov. Rosselló Refuses to Resign. What Happens Now?

    Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans shut down a major highway in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this week in the largest of nearly two weeks of consecutive protests calling for embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to step down. The historic demonstrations follow the release of a private chat on the Telegram app that showed Rosselló and his closest allies denigrating everyone...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Jul 23, 2019

    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Struggles to Name Supporters

    In a live interview with Fox, he falsely claims that Javier Jiménez, the Mayor of San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, supports his effort to stay in office.

  • New York Jul 22, 2019

    Embattled Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Will Not Seek Re-Election, Still Not Resigning From Office Amid Protests

    Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló summoned members of his cabinet amid protests that show no sign of dissipating.

  • Governor Jul 20, 2019

    Dozens Gather in in New Haven to Support Puerto Rico Protesters

    Puerto Rican flags flew on the New Haven Green Friday as many gathered to show their solidarity with those protesting in Puerto Rico. On the island, people have been protesting for days in the wake of corruption investigations and the publication of private chats between Gov. Ricardo Rossello and close associates.

  • head Jul 20, 2019

    Besieged Puerto Rico Governor Goes Quiet Amid Protests

    In the Spanish colonial fortress that serves as his official residence, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is under siege. Motorcyclists, celebrities, horse enthusiasts and hundreds of thousands of ordinary Puerto Ricans have swarmed outside La Fortaleza (The Fort) in Old San Juan this week, demanding Rosselló resign over a series of leaked online chats insulting women, political opponents and even...

  • Governor Jul 18, 2019

    Ricky Martin, Bad Bunny, Lin-Manuel Miranda Join Calls for Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to Resign

    Protests against Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló have grown since the leak over the weekend of an 889-page chat that revealed sexist, racist, homophobic and violent comments by the governor and his team about opponents and even members of Rosselló’s own party. The leaked chats, which follow separate allegations of corruption that have rocked the island, also included references to...

  • Governor Jul 15, 2019

    Puerto Rico Governor Rejects Calls to Resign Amid Scandal

    Protesters in Puerto Rico gathered outside La Fortaleza governor’s residence on Sunday, demanding Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances. The demonstrators included teachers, union workers, students, members of a feminist collective and others...

  • Governor Jul 14, 2019

    Top Puerto Rican Officials Resign Over Profanity-Laced Chat

    Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Saturday that his chief financial officer and secretary of state will step down following their participation in a private chat that used profanities to describe an ex-New York City official and a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances. The U.S. territory’s CFO Christian Sobrino, who is also the governor’s representative to the control...

  • Governor Jun 26, 2019

    New Corruption Allegations Hit Puerto Rico's Government

    A top Puerto Rico official said Tuesday that he appeared before a federal grand jury investigating a former government adviser in the latest corruption allegation to hit the U.S. territory this week. Chief of Staff Ricardo Llerandi said he answered questions and submitted documents related to Alberto Velázquez, who was a consultant for a company that oversaw the island’s Health...

  • Governor Apr 2, 2019

    Puerto Rico Education, Public Safety Secretaries Resign

    Two of Puerto Rico’s most high-profile government officials are resigning following heavy criticism by residents of the U.S. territory over how they performed their jobs. Education Secretary Julia Keleher, who was appointed in December 2016, stepped down on Monday. Public Safety Secretary Hector Pesquera, appointed in April 2017, is expected to resign by month’s end. Dennise Perez, spokeswoman for Gov....

  • 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...

  • NBC Jul 15, 2018

    Salary Blowup at Puerto Rico Power Company Prompts CEO to Resign

    An outrcry over a promised $750,000 salary for the CEO of the indebted Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority prompted him to quit less than 24 hours after assuming the position, along with four members of the board. Rafael Díaz Granados stepped aside instead of taking a pay cut ordered by Governor Ricardo Rosselló. Díaz Granados’ predecessor, Walter Higgins had resigned...

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