A woman holds a sign during a rally to celebrate the resignation of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello [Marco Bello/Reuters]

The resignation of Puerto Rico‘s governor after mass protests has sparked a succession battle, and the winner could be a Washington corporate lawyer not directly linked to his administration, which has been dogged by corruption scandals.

Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Wednesday he would step down on August 2 in the face of public anger over the release of profane chat messages and embezzlement charges against two former administration officials.

In line with the US territory’s constitution, Secretary of Justice Wanda Vazquez is next in line to succeed Rossello, based on current Cabinet vacancies.

Protesters who forced Rossello from office have vowed to

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