nearvideo Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello says that he is not up for re-election
Protesters March in Puerto Rico demanding the resignation of Governor Rossello, who refuses to leave office after the announcement that he would not choice to be again.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on Sunday, he announced not running for re-election but refused to resign, as corruption sparked the accusations of widespread protests in San Juan.
Rosselló, a Democrat, made the announcement on Sunday in a four-minute Facebook video. He also said he agreed with the right of people to protest and was ready to confront the impeachment process that had already begun in the Puerto Rico legislature.
The embattled Governor said, although he is stepping down, as the island of the leader, he will step down as the head of his pro-statehood party.
In the video, Rosselló his “mistake acknowledged,” and noted that he had apologized in the past. He did not offer a formal apology in Sunday’s video.
A lot of Puerto Ricans calling for Rosselló’s resignation after leaked online chats showed him the insult of women and political opponents, as well as a mockery to the victims of Hurricane Maria, one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit the island territory.
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His official residence was gathered under siege this week-more than hundreds of thousands of protesters outside of La Fortaleza, the governor’s official residence.
In the midst of the outcry, the media-friendly Governor has avoided public appearances since 11. July, only four brief appearances, breaks out of his usual three or four long press conferences in addition to several appearances in the media.
The wave of protests, meeting on the island last Friday, with the union workers marching in the direction of La Fortaleza, the nearby waterfront. Riders and hundreds of people also on the March.
Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello, seen here in the year 2017, refused to resign his post on Sunday.
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Smaller protests also broke out across the island, over the weekend, when most people were expected to be on the roads on Monday.
The calls to oust the Governor have caught the attention in the U.S. mainland and a number of officials, including presidential candidate Julián Castro have in support of the protesters.
Castro, a Democrat, called for open, Rosselló, to step down, you say: “it is clear that Gov. Rosselló may not be effective.”
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Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Reps. Nydia Velázquez, D-NY, and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, called for his impeachment.
Some well-known athletes with connections to the island called on the Governor to resign in the last week, including the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina.
Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism released earlier this month almost 900 pages of private messages between Rosselló and a number of other officials.
In a communication Rosselló called New York politician of Puerto Rican descent, a “w—e” and described another as a “daughter of the ex–h -.” A chat with vulgar references to Latin pop star Ricky Martin of his homosexuality.
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During a 11. July press conference, Rosselló asked Puerto Ricans, forgive him for the comments he made in private. In other appearances in the media, he continued to ask for forgiveness about the many comments as offensive and misogynist.
Fox News’ Mike ‘ Arroyo, Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.