Puerto Rico's Senate has filed a lawsuit seeking to remove new Gov. Pedro Pierluisi from office after the former acting secretary of state was sworn in without their confirmation, CBS News reports.
Pierluisi took the oath of office Friday, following the resignation of former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who stepped down amid controversy. Pierluisi only had been acting secretary for about a week at that point, and the Senate had yet to vote on his confirmation to that post as well. Although the island's House voted to confirm his nomination that same day, the Senate President called off a vote in the upper chamber the day before.
"Puerto Rico is living a situation without historical precedent," Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz wrote.
"I remind all that I swore in as governor being in full possession of the post of secretary of the Department of State. I swore that post while the Legislative Assembly was in recess, as that ceremony took place Wednesday the 31st of July at 5 p.m. and the extraordinary session of the Legislative Assembly did not start until Thursday at 11 a.m.," Pierluisi wrote in a statement, according to The Hill.
"Although it is regrettable that this matter has to be elucidated in our courts, I hope that it will be treated with the greatest urgency and diligence for the good of the people of Puerto Rico," he added, according to CBS.
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