Puerto Rico Gov.
Alejandro Garcia Padilla has issued a defiant statement after the island’s legislature passed a resolution declaring the island without a governor.
Padilla’s office said that he will “take all necessary steps to continue to pursue the agenda of the governor, including the appointment of a special election to fill the vacant governor’s position.”
Puerto Rico’s Legislative Assembly also voted to elect a special prosecutor to investigate claims of wrongdoing by Padilla and others in the government.
Padillas office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla.
(Reuters) “Puerto Rico is the only US territory without a Governor and I will continue to fight for this right,” Padilla said in a statement.
“I’m disappointed that the island has taken such a dramatic action.
I will work with Congress to ensure Puerto Rico is fully able to govern, but I will not take any steps to allow the governor’s office to continue.”
Padilla was elected to the post in 2014 and has been in office since 2015.
He has called the situation on the island “terrible.”
Padillas office said it would not comment on the allegations against him.
He said that while Puerto Rico has the right to govern itself, “the governor’s authority is a necessary tool to help ensure that Puerto Rico functions as a democracy.”
Padillases office has also been criticized for spending millions of dollars on a television station that has not been able to make a profit.