Puerto Rican political turmoil simmers down

Published on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:41
Written by The Associated Press

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 pending $450,000 contract that is part of the program to rebuild and strengthen the island’s power grid, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria nearly two years ago.

“There is no room in this administration for unreasonable expenses,” said Vázquez, who on Wednesday became Puerto Rico’s third governor in a week following massive protests that resulted in political turmoil.

Immediate pressure on the new governor appeared to be easing somewhat. There have been no large protests since she was sworn in and none appeared to be on the horizon.

On Monday, Vázquez asked people to give her an opportunity.

“The people of Puerto Rico know I’m here because the constitution dictated it,” she said, adding that she has spent 32 years in public service, including as a district attorney and justice secretary.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Nation-World on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:41. Updated: Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:44.