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Puerto Rico’s Leadership Crisis Heads To Island’s Supreme Court

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PEDRO PORTAL
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MIAMI HERALD
People celebrate on the streets after news that governor Ricardo Antonio Rosselló Nevares will be stepping down effective August 2nd, after 13 days of protests all across Puerto Rico, on Wednesday July 24, 2019. "

The next battle in the heated war over Puerto Rico’s leadership will be waged in the U.S. territory’s Supreme Court.

The island’s high court announced that it will begin holding hearings Tuesday on whether Pedro Pierluisi is Puerto Rico’s legitimate governor. But even if the court rules in Pierluisi’s favor, a combative Senate could make his life complicated.

In a fiery speech Monday, Thomas Rivera Schatz, the president of the Puerto Rican Senate, reiterated his view that Pierluisi is an illegitimate leader because he was never confirmed as the island’s secretary of state — and therefore never should have been in the line of succession when Gov. Ricardo Roselló stepped down last week.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.