New governor of Puerto Rico makes vow to achieve statehood

Puerto Rico's new governor is vowing to achieve statehood for the U.S. territory and fight against poverty, corruption and COVID-19.

Posted: Jan 2, 2021 10:23 AM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico's new governor is vowing to achieve statehood for the U.S. territory and fight against poverty, corruption and COVID-19.

Pedro Pierluisi also promised to prioritize education, lift the government out of bankruptcy and alleviate a deep economic crisis as leader of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party after being sworn in Saturday as governor.

He is a Democrat who previously served as Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress for eight years.

Saturday’s ceremony marked the end of a chaotic four-year term that saw three governors, including Pierluisi himself briefly after former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló stepped down last year following huge street protests.

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