Puerto Rico governor says he won't seek reelection

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Published on 21 Jul 2019, 23:14
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced that he will not run for reelection next year and is resigning as the president of the New Progressive Party, following protests over the past week.

"A huge portion of the population is unhappy and I recognize it," Rosselló said on Facebook Live. "I've heard you, I love the island and people. ... Today I have the responsibility to direct my strengths to try to find alternatives so that with God we may be able to move forward."

Rosselló is two and a half years into his four-year term.

Hundreds of protesters near La Fortaleza, the governor's mansion, listened to the announcement on their phones, holding their devices up to their ears as they struggled to hear.

Rosselló did not say he would resign as governor of the US territory, upsetting protesters who have been calling for his resignation after offensive private chat messages between Rosselló and his inner circle were made public.

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