Wanda Vázquez Wiki, Biography, Age, Spouse, Charges, Arrested, Fast Facts

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Former Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez was arrested Thursday in the U.S. territory on bribery charges, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. It marks the first time that a former leader of the island faces federal charges. A political consultant for the former governor and the president of the international bank also pleaded guilty to involvement in a bribery scheme, the Justice Department added.

Who is Wanda Vázquez?

Wanda Emilia Vázquez Garced (born July 9, 1960) is a Puerto Rican politician and attorney who served as Governor of Puerto Rico from 2019 to 2021. Prior to her tenure as governor, she served as the 19th secretary of Justice from 2017 to 2019. A member of the New Progressive Party and Republican Party of Puerto Rico, Vázquez is the second female governor in Puerto Rico history after Sila María Calderón. She assumed office following the resignation of Ricardo Roselló and the judicial annulation of Pedro Pierluisi’s short-lived government in the aftermath of the Telegramgate Scandal. On August 16 she failed to secure the New Progressive Party nomination for Governor of Puerto Rico in the 2020 elections, losing to Pedro Pierluisi.

Vázquez Garced’s accession to the governorship was at the epicenter of a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico in the case of Senado de Puerto Rico v. Hon. Pedro R. Pierluisi, by which Puerto Rico’s highest court derogated a clause added by Puerto Rico Law # 7 of 2005 (Law No. 7-2005) to the Constitution of Puerto Rico, annulled Pedro Pierluisi’s government, and reinforced the 1952 Constitution’s provisions for a succession of government.

Vázquez was born in Santurce, San Juan and raised in Guaynabo. Her parents worked in a factory, her father as a security guard. Her mother died at the age of 53. Her father has been remarried for twenty years. She has a younger brother and an older sister. She began her primary studies at the Ramón Marín and Margarita Janer schools in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Vázquez became interested in law at an early age. She said in an interview that she used to watch TV shows like Hawaii Five-O with her father, which led her to realize she wanted to follow a career along that line. Vázquez studied at the University of Puerto Rico, where she completed her bachelor’s degree. After that, she completed her Juris doctor (J.D.) at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law.

Wanda Vázquez arrested – Charges

Former Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez was arrested Thursday in the U.S. territory on bribery charges, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. It marks the first time that a former leader of the island faces federal charges.

A political consultant for the former governor and the president of the international bank also pleaded guilty to involvement in a bribery scheme, the Justice Department added. Juan Rosado-Reynés, a spokesman for Vázquez, told the AP he did not have an immediate comment.

In mid-May, Vázquez’s attorney told reporters that he and his client were preparing for possible charges as the former governor at the time denied any wrongdoing: “I can tell the people of Puerto Rico that I have not committed any crime, that I have not engaged in any illegal or incorrect conduct, as I have always said.”

Vázquez was the second woman to serve as Puerto Rico’s governor and the first former governor to face federal charges. Former Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá was charged with campaign finance violations while in office and was found not guilty in 2009. He had been the first Puerto Rico governor to be charged with a crime in recent history.

Vázquez was sworn in as governor in August 2019 after former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló stepped down following massive protests. She served until 2021, after losing the primaries of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party to now Gov Pedro Pierluisi.

Pierluisi commented on the arrest in a statement also posted on Twitter Thursday. “Today we see once more that no one is above the law in Puerto Rico,” he said in both. He added that in his administration “there is zero tolerance against corruption.”

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