August 2, 2019 / 9:27 PM / 20 days ago

Puerto Rico Governor Rosselló says Pierluisi to be sworn in as governor

Pedro Pierluisi gives a statement to attend his nomination as Secretary of State during a public hearing of the Commission of Government of the House of Representatives called upon by the President of the House, Johnny Mendez, hours before Ricardo Rossello steps down as Governor of Puerto Rico, in San Juan, Puerto Rico August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Gabriella N. Baez

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Friday said attorney Pedro Pierluisi would be sworn in as the island’s next governor.

In a statement, Roselló said based on the island’s law, Pierluisi would assume the post after Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives on Friday approved his nomination as secretary of state, putting him next in line to be governor.

Rosselló had said he would step down at 5:00 p.m. after mass protests demanding his resignation over offensive chat messages and a corruption scandal.

Reporting By Karen Pierog in Chicago; Writing by Andrew Hay; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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