August 2, 2019 / 7:56 PM / 16 days ago

Puerto Rico House approves Pierluisi as secretary of state

Aug 2 (Reuters) - Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives on Friday approved the nomination of Pedro Pierluisi as the U.S. territory’s next secretary of state, potentially putting him in line to succeed outgoing Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

Rosselló is due to step down at 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT) after mass protests in July demanded his resignation over offensive text messages and corruption charges against former administration officials. (Reporting by Luis Valentin in San Juan; Writing by Andrew Hay; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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