Puerto Rico governor loses primary of pro-statehood party

LOÍZA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vázquez on Sunday acknowledged losing the primary of her pro-statehood party to Pedro Pierluisi, who briefly served as the U.S. territory’s governor last year amid political turmoil. With more than 78% of electoral colleges reporting late Sunday, Pierluisi received more than 57% of the vote compared […]

Puerto Ricans, upset at botched primary, demand answers

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The future of Puerto Rico’s botched primaries rested in the hands of the island’s Supreme Court as answers trickled out Monday on why voting centers lacked ballots and forced officials to reschedule part of the primaries in a blow to the U.S. territory’s democracy. A plan to hold another […]

Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico on Sunday was forced to partially suspend voting for primaries marred by a lack of ballots as officials called on the president of the U.S. territory’s elections commission to resign. The primaries for voting centers that had not received ballots by early afternoon are expected to be […]

Puerto Rico gov unveils budget critics say is unrealistic

Puerto Rico’s governor is promising wage increases for teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public workers, unveiling a government budget bigger than the one submitted by a federal control board that oversees the island’s finances.

Puerto Ricans protest in anger over unused emergency aid

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of people joined a protest Thursday organized by Puerto Rican singer René Pérez of Calle 13 fame in a demonstration reminiscent of those that ousted the island’s former governor last year. Anger is growing over emergency aid that until recently sat unused in a warehouse amid ongoing earthquakes. […]

Puerto Rico governor to run in 2020 local elections

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez announced Monday that she plans to run in the 2020 general elections after repeatedly stating she was not interested in the position when she was appointed leader following political upheaval in the U.S. territory earlier this year. Vazquez will face veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi […]

AP Interview: Puerto Rico governor to stay, fight corruption

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — As a child, Puerto Rico’s newest governor said she would stand on her balcony and hold imaginary trials, always finding the supposed defendants guilty. Now, after more than 32 years of public service as a district attorney and justice secretary, Wanda Vázquez finds herself leading a U.S. territory of […]

Turmoil calms as Puerto Rico governor turns to policy

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s political turmoil seemed to be at least temporarily easing on Monday with attention shifting from protests to policy following the replacement governor’s move to suspend a hurricane recovery contract. In one of her first moves as governor, Wanda Vázquez announced late Sunday that she was scrutinizing a […]

Puerto Ricans ask ‘What’s next?’ as political limbo deepens

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s streets have remained so quiet since Gov. Wanda Vázquez took over as governor following weeks of turmoil that one can again hear the island’s famous coquí frog singing at night. The protests that led to the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló just a week ago and continued […]

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