Puerto Rico Lawmakers Clash over Governor’s Successor

Lawmakers in Puerto Rico continue to clash over who will be the U.S. territory’s next governor.

Some question the legitimacy of Pedro Pierluisi, who was sworn in for the position on Friday with approval from the House but not the Senate.

Pierluisi was named secretary of state earlier last week by former governor Ricardo Rosselló just before he resigned, as promised, following weeks of citizen protests that demanded it.

Rosselló’s appointment of Pierluisi to secretary of state put him next in line to be governor.

He was sworn in Friday after The island’s House of Representatives confirmed him to the position in a 26-21 vote.

But the Senate has not voted to confirm the appointment.

Members of the Island’s Senate filed a lawsuit late Sunday night, calling the constitutionality of the island’s succession laws into question.

The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction that would to order Pedro Pierluisi to cease his functions as governor immediately until the court rules.