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Wanda Vázquez becomes Puerto Rico's 3rd governor in a week after island's highest court ruli

• https://www.nbcnews.com, By Nicole Acevedo

Puerto Rico's Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became the third person in a week to occupy the post of governor of the U.S. territory.

Vázquez was sworn in late Wednesday afternoon, hours after the island's Supreme Court unanimously ruled that part of the law used by embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to name Pedro Pierluisi as his successor was unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court decision came after Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz filed a lawsuit Monday, asking courts to immediately remove Pierluisi from his post based on the fact that the events didn't follow the constitution.

Vázquez, who was appointed as Justice Secretary in 2017, is seen as loyal to Rosselló and protesters gathered in front of the governor's mansion shortly after she was sworn in. The hashtag #WandaRenuncia (#WandaResign) was already trending on Twitter.

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