Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez will take up the post after weeks of turmoil.
Now, if he survives a Senate confirmation vote, Pedro Pierluisi will oversee the effort to privatize the island’s public power company.
Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez tweeted Sunday that she hopes Gov. Ricardo Roselló will appoint a secretary of state before resigning Aug. 2.
Puerto Ricans have been marching through San Juan to protest allegations of corruption and offensive messages published during the "Chatgate" scandal.
“You’re a man on an island by yourself,” the Fox News host said. “How long can you stay there?”
Relentless financial hardship and climate change were already pushing the island to the brink.
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has refused to step down after leaked messages between him and other officials sparked outrage last week.
Former Education Secretary Julia Keleher was among six Puerto Rican officials accused of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors.
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said the White House treats Puerto Ricans like "second-class citizens" and Trump is getting the wrong data.