A U.S. appeals court has issued a ruling on Puerto Rico's November 2 gubernatorial elections, referring a case regarding thousands of disputed ballots to the island's Supreme Court.
Wednesday's ruling said a federal judge on Puerto Rico did not have jurisdiction when he ruled on a lawsuit filed by candidate Pedro Rossello, the island's former governor, calling for disputed ballots to be thrown out.
The decision will likely pave the way for his opponent, Anibel Acevedo Vila, to become the next governor of the U.S. commonwealth. In an earlier ruling, Puerto Rico's Supreme Court upheld the validity of the disputed votes.
Mr. Acevedo Vila has a slight lead in initial election results.
Mr. Rossello supports statehood for Puerto Rico while Mr. Acevedo Vila supports maintaining the island's commonwealth status.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.