Wanda Vázquez

  • Puerto Rico Jan 23

    Puerto Ricans Protest in Anger Over Unused Emergency Aid

    A couple of hundred people joined a protest Thursday organized by Puerto Rico singer René Pérez of Calle 13 fame in a demonstration reminiscent of those that ousted the island’s former governor last year. Anger is growing over emergency aid that until recently sat unused in a warehouse amid ongoing earthquakes. Protesters began arriving at the seaside Capitol building...

  • Puerto Rico Jan 19

    Discovery of Unused Disaster Supplies Angers Puerto Rico

    People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. With anger spreading in the U.S. territory after video of the event in Ponce appeared...

  • Puerto Rico Jan 16

    Displaced Families Await Post-Quake Housing in Puerto Rico

    A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live. It’s a big problem because the island is still struggling to rebuild from Hurricane Maria two years ago. Officials say the Jan. 7 quake and a subsequent 5.9 magnitude aftershock that hit Saturday damaged at least...

  • United States Oct 25, 2019

    Puerto Rico Unveils $20B Plan to Bolster Power Grid Battered by Maria

    Puerto Rico on Thursday unveiled details of a $20 billion plan to strengthen and modernize the U.S. territory’s shaky power grid more than two years after Hurricane Maria as islanders brace for a looming rate hike amid a recession. The 10-year plan aims to bury power lines, increase the use of natural gas and create a transmission and distribution system...

  • Governor Aug 7, 2019

    Puerto Ricans Get Their 3rd Governor in 6 Days

    Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became Puerto Rico’s new governor Wednesday, just the second woman to hold the office, after weeks of political turmoil and hours after the island’s Supreme Court declared Pedro Pierluisi’s swearing-in a week ago unconstitutional. Accompanied by her husband, Judge Jorge Díaz, and one of her daughters, Vázquez took the oath of office in the early evening...

  • head Jul 26, 2019

    Puerto Rico’s Next Governor Is Under Fire and She Hasn’t Even Taken Office

    Puerto Rico’s soon-to-be Gov. Wanda Vázquez is already under fire a week before she’s set to take office. Vázquez, the head of the island’s justice department, is being investigated for allegedly failing to look into possible irregularities with the distribution of relief aid following Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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