Puerto Rico’s economic crisis threatens Democratic primary

April 22, 2016 GMT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s economic crisis has thrown the U.S. territory’s upcoming Democratic primary into question.

The director of the island’s Elections Commission says she’s holding an emergency meeting on Friday because the financially strapped government has not released $3 million needed to print ballots and pay for vote-counting machines for the June 5 primary.

Liza Garcia says she’s considering going to court to force payment. Puerto Rico’s Treasury Department has said it will not release the money until next week.

Puerto Rican Democrats are to choose 67 delegates on June 5.

The territory has been running out of money amid a 10-year economic crisis and it faces $70 billion in public debt the governor has said is unpayable and needs restructuring.