SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's constitutional crisis is expected to deepen after the island's Senate filed a lawsuit seeking to oust a veteran politician recently sworn in as the island's governor as legislators squabble over who should lead the U.S. territory.
The lawsuit filed late Sunday night seeks a preliminary injunction ordering Pedro Pierluisi to cease his functions immediately and also asks that the court declare a 2005 law unconstitutional.
Pierluisi was named secretary of state, the next in line to be governor, in a recess appointment last week. The island's House of Representatives then confirmed him to the position in a 26-to-21 vote on Friday, a move he argues makes him the replacement for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. The Senate, however, has not voted on the appointment.