Anxious wait for Puerto Rico as court mulls governorship

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Attorneys have submitted arguments by a noon deadline in what many consider the biggest decision in the 119-year history of Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court: who will be the governor of the U.S. territory mired in political and economic turmoil.

The Puerto Ricans who mounted a protest movement that ousted the previous governor now await the outcome of the constitutional deadlock pitting Puerto Rico’s Senate against Pedro Pierluisi, who was sworn in as governor.

Senators are seeking a preliminary injunction ordering Pierluisi to immediately cease functioning as governor, arguing he should have been approved by the Senate and not just the lower house of the legislature.

There’s no deadline for the court to rule, though legal experts expect a decision within days.

A ruling will be final and cannot be appealed.

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