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Will Puerto Rico's governor resign over mass protests?

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have been propelled into the streets on the island of Puerto Rico  demanding resignation of governor Ricardo Rosello over offensive messages between him and his advisers.
 
The publication on July 13 of sexist and homophobic chat messages between Rossello and top aides unleashed simmering resentment over his handling of devastating hurricanes in 2017, alleged corruption in his administration, and the island's bankruptcy process. 


The protests were also sparked by US authorities' announcement of a federal indictment involving six people, including two former high-ranking Puerto Rico government officials, charged with conspiracy and other crimes in connection with millions of dollars in federal Medicaid and education funds.
 
Rossello's announcement on Sunday that he would not seek re-election next year and would step down as head of the New Progressive Party seemed to have little effect on the crowds, who called for him to immediately surrender the governorship. 
 
The source: Aljazeera

23.07.2019