Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló Resigns After Protests

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People gather along a main highway during a protest calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico July 22, 2019. (REUTERS/Alejandro Granadillo)

Ricardo Rosselló, Governor of Puerto Rico, has resigned, effective August 2, 2019. His resignation comes after more than 10 days of protests on the island. On July 13, text messages were leaked of the governor and 11 of his close, male allies insulting women and making fun of their constituents, including citizens who were victims of Hurricane Maria.

Since the chats were leaked, there have been thousands of people demanding that Rosselló step down. In a Facebook video posted on July 21, Rosselló said he will not resign over the 889 pages of inappropriate texts, but said he would not seek re-election or continue as the head of the New Progressive Party.
“In spite of everything, I recognize that apologizing isn’t enough,…

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