Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the swearing-in of Pedro Pierluisi as the island’s governor was unconstitutional.
Pierluisi took the oath of office last Friday after embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigned after it was revealed he shared derogatory text messages with his advisers.
“The governor’s oath of office was unconstitutional,” the court said. “Therefore, Hon. Pedro R. Pierluisi Urrutia can’t continue his work as Governor after this Opinion and Sentence becomes effective.”
The decision, which cannot be appealed, takes effect at 5 p.m.
The ruling clears the way for Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez to take over the post.
Pierluisi was appointed secretary of state by Rosselló and only the House approved the nomination.
“It’s unconstitutional to allow a Secretary of State to become Governor without having been confirmed by both legislative chambers,” the court said in a press release.
With Post wires
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