Pedro Pierluisi

Pedro Pierluisi stands before a public hearing in the House of Representatives for his possible confirmation as Secretary of State. >Josian Bruno

After testifying before the House of Representatives and answering questions for more than 3.5 hours, Pedro Pierluisi left the door open on whether he would be sworn in as governor, after Gov. Ricardo Rosselló officially steps down today at 5:00 p.m.

Pierluisi said in response to answers from the press, “it is positive for Puerto Rico for this vote to happen and we will see the results… this decision will take place this afternoon.”

Pierluisi also clarified that he is only interested in becoming Puerto Rico’s next governor, and would decline the Secretary of State confirmation if he were unable to be sworn in for that position.

“The question was that if the Courts established that I could not assume the role of the governor if I would remain as secretary of State, and I said no, that I would resign because my real aspiration has not been to become secretary of State; that was within the context of a replacement for the governor,” he explained to reporters.

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