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House speaker: It’s too early to discuss positions for next term

By John McPhaul


Speaker of the House of Representatives Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Núñez said Thursday that it is too early to discuss positions for the new legislative term that will start in January.

“It is very premature to speak today of leadership positions in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives given the reality that there are some five representative districts that are still in electoral dispute,” Méndez said in a written statement. “That is why we consider it prudent to wait for the final certification of candidates from the State Elections Commission before entering into that discussion.”

On Wednesday, the Popular Democratic Party leadership met to vote and choose the next Senate president and House speaker. At-large Sen. José Luis Dalmau will lead the Senate, while Rafael “Tatito” Hernández will serve as House speaker.

“I understand the urgency of colleague Rafael ‘Tatito’ Hernández in seeking a leadership position, but, as I said before, it is important that the Commission complete the process to determine the composition of the House of Representatives,” Méndez said. “Every decision depends on the official certification, something that has not yet been given. The time will come for that discussion and the New Progressive Party delegation has to be part of that dialogue for Puerto Rico.”

Méndez added that “[o]n the contrary, we are going to listen carefully to all the sectors, all the members that make up the Chamber, in order to together plot the path of that dialogue that the people requested on November 3 -- a frank and open dialogue with the Executive [branch], led by the governor-elect Pedro Pierluisi, and the municipalities.”

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