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Acting Governor withdraws appointment of Secretary of Correction as superior judge

Eduardo Rivera Juanatey. – supplied

He did not have the votes to be confirmed

By Metro Puerto Rico

Monday, October 5, 2020, at 6:44 p.m.

Eduardo Rivera Juanatey. – supplied

The interim governor, Raúl Márquez Hernández, today withdrew the appointment of the secretary of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Eduardo Rivera Juanatey, as superior judge.

The nomination would have been withdrawn because, according to the majority of the New Porgresista Party (PNP), the secretary did not have enough votes to be confirmed.

An executive order issued by Wanda Vázquez Garced last week, amended the sixth Extraordinary Session and added the name of Rivera Juanatey.

Another 12 appointments, including that of the mayor of Ceiba, Angelo Cruz Ramos to associate member of the Auction Board of the General Services Administration, were also withdrawn.

On the other hand, the Senate confirmed the secretary of Public Affairs of La Fortaleza, Osvaldo Soto García, as Associate Commissioner of the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Bureau.

Soto García had previously been nominated as comptroller but asked the governor to be removed due to strong criticism.

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