Domingo Sadurni discusses Puerto Rico politics after governor resigns

Domingo Sadurni discusses Puerto Rico politics after governor resigns



Domingos attorney is a program assistant with the Adrienne Arsht Latinamerica Center at the Atlantic Council so this late resignation last night he's finally stepping down he was very resistant up to this point so why did he do it why did he finally give in thank you for having me look I think there's a number of variables that came into place for this unprecedented moment in Puerto Rico to come about and we saw how Puerto Ricans for over two weeks came together in a largely nonpartisan non violent mass protest calling for his resignation but you have to add the variable that he lost a port from his party he lost support from the u.s. he lost report from from people who were with him in the first and the first thing when he came into power so he really had no other choice he had he had no other choice in terms of because if he sorry the the the looming impeachment proceedings that were in his in his back if he didn't resign really made it really hard for him to stay in power because he had no capacity to govern so this is just one step in this process for Puerto Rico still recovering in many ways economically and post hurricane what is next politically even if he is gone the next governor has a lot of challenges right so the next governor needs to fill over 20 vacancies in the cabinet that's from the operational side but even larger than that Porto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria Porto Rico is still living a economic decline for over ten years it still has a fiscal crisis that has been really really affecting the country and it still has to deal with the fiscal oversight board which after the the governor resigns in August second is it still something a reality in Puerto Rico it's federally appointed it's still gonna be there so what do we know about one devices so one the Vasquez has been in part in Puerto Rican posit for over 20 years she's been Department of Justice for for many many years and most recently in 2017 she was investigated by the office of the special prosecutor for potentially intervening in an investigation over a housing dispute that involved two family members the judge dismissed the case for insufficient evidence but the Puerto Rican people still view her as part of Roscoe's inner circle and not a new face that they want so what will happen then I mean she's more of the same according to what you're saying could we see more protests what will it take to make Puerto Ricans happy that's that's a hard question to answer in in in in one sentence but I will say this this is a precedent was set yesterday in Puerto Rico Puerto Ricans are increasingly fed up with the mismanagement and the lack of accountability and the political class new leaders that come for in the future in Puerto Rico will have to take in mind a clear vision of how to restore public trust and they'll have to keep in mind how to manage the situations that led to the resignation which is the first ever in port clinicals history and do you see people there waiting in the wings is there a new class of politicians ready to take ownership of the government it's hard to say at the moment I believe that there are many well-educated competent and honest Puerto Ricans in the island that are willing to put in the good work that is necessary for Puerto Rico to get back back on track but I think we have yet to see how the crisis that we're living now evolves and how that unfolds to see if they're going to step up and fill the vacancies of power and and and the restore the trust in the plug institutions but looking back in the past 24 hours looking back at the 24 hours it's looking pretty good alright Domingo us attorney thank you so much for joining us we appreciate it

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