Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello speaks as he declares his resignation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, early July 25, 2019. La Forteleza de Puerto Rico/Handout through REUTERS
SAN JUAN (Reuters) – Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Wednesday mentioned he would resign after nearly two weeks of protests calling for him to step down over a scandal involving offensive chat messages and authorities corruption that rocked the bankrupt island.
Rosselló mentioned in a televised speech he would keep in his place till Aug. 2 when Puerto Rico Secretary of Justice Wanda Vazquez would take over as governor.
The primary-term governor introduced his resignation three days after he failed on Sunday to appease critics’ issues by vowing to not search re-election subsequent 12 months and giving up the management of his political social gathering.
“I really feel that to proceed on this place would make it troublesome for the success that I’ve achieved to endure,” Rosselló mentioned.
His time period as governor has seen the island hit with back-to-back 2017 hurricanes that killed about three,000 folks and wreaked widespread destruction simply months after the U.S. territory filed for chapter.
At-times violent protests have rocked San Juan and its historic colonial capital district for the reason that July 13 launch of leaked textual content messages between Rosselló and his closest allies, with an estimated 500,000 folks attending the biggest demonstration on Monday.
Rosselló confronted the specter of an impeachment course of after an impartial panel of attorneys commissioned by the president of the decrease home to research the messages discovered 4 felonies and one misdemeanor could have been dedicated within the chats, one of many attorneys, Luis Rodríguez-Rivera, mentioned in an e-mail.
Home of Representatives President Johnny Mendez on Wednesday advised reporters that the governor had the choice of resigning or dealing with impeachment.
Reporting by Nick Brown in San Juan; Further reporting by Marco Bello and Luis Valentin Ortiz in San Juan, Karen Pierog in Chicago and Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; Writing by Scott Malone and Andrew Hay; Modifying by Leslie Adler, Matthew Lewis, Cynthia Osterman and Michael Perry and Robert Birsel