Puerto Rico’s Future Uncertain as Wanda Vázquez States She Doesn’t Want Governor Position

Jul 29, 2019
1:08 PM

Puerto Rico is currently in a period of transition after the historic resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló—one that was fueled by massive protests. Rosselló named Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez as his successor, and she is set to take the seat on August 2, but Vasquez tweeted on Sunday that she didn’t want the position. Meanwhile, protests continue as the public demands that Vázquez resign too. One is scheduled for later this Monday.

“I reiterate, I have no interest in occupying the position of governor. It is a Constitutional dictum. I hope that the Governor identifies and submits a candidate for the position of secretary of state before August 2 and I have told him so,” Vázquez wrote.

Monday morning on WNYC’s The Takeaway, Latino Rebels summer correspondent Natalia Rodríguez Medina updated host Tanzina Vega about the situation in Puerto Rico and talked about the public’s opinion of Vázquez.

“Right now, it kind of feels like there is no government, there’s a lot of uncertainty,” Rodríguez Medina said. “Pushback for her has been happening for a while, people wanted her to resign before Rosselló quit because she has a sketchy history in her position.”

Listen to the segment below: