SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Ricoâ€™s political turmoil seemed to be at least temporarily easing on Monday with attention shifting from protests to policy following the replacement governorâ€™s move to suspend a hurricane recovery contract.
In one of her first moves as governor, Wanda VĂˇzquez announced late Sunday that she was scrutinizing a pending $450,000 contract that is part of the program to rebuild and strengthen the islandâ€™s power grid, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria nearly two years ago.
â€śThere is no room in this administration for unreasonable expenses,â€ť said VĂˇzquez, who on Wednesday became Puerto Ricoâ€™s third governor in a week following massive protests that resulted in political turmoil.
Immediate pressure on the new governor appeared to be easing somewhat. There have been no large protests since she was sworn in and none appeared to be on the horizon.
On Monday, VĂˇzquez asked people to give her an opportunity.
â€śThe people of Puerto Rico know Iâ€™m here because the constitution dictated it,â€ť she said, adding that she has spent 32 years in public service, including as a district attorney and justice secretary.