Ricardo Rosselló, Governor of Puerto Rico, announced on Sunday that he would not seek re-election, but refused to resign, as allegations of corruption in San Juan triggered widespread protests.
Rosselló, a Democrat, announced the announcement on Sunday in four days. tiny Facebook video. He also said that he agrees with the people's right of protest and is ready to face the impeachment that has already begun in Puerto Rico's legislation.
The embattled governor said that although he would not resign as leader of the island, he would resign as head of his pro-statehood party.
In the video, Rosselló admitted his "mistakes" and pointed out that he had apologized in the past. He has not formally apologized in the video of Sunday.
Many Puerto Ricans demanded Rosselló's resignation after showing in online chats that he insulted women and political opponents and mocked the victims of Hurricane Maria, one of the most devastating natural disasters that had hit the island.
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In the midst of the outcry, the media-friendly governor has avoided public appearances since July 1
A wave of protests Last Friday, trade unionists came to the island, marching from the nearby waterfront towards La Fortaleza. Riders and hundreds of other people also participated in the march.
During the weekend, minor protests broke out on the island, although most people were expected to take to the streets on Monday.
Appeals to Overthrow the Governor Have Received Attention in mainland America and several officials, including presidential candidate Julián Castro, have called for the demonstrators.
Castro, a Democrat, Rosselló openly called for resignation and said: "It is clear that Governor Rosselló this can no longer be effective. "
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Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., And representatives Nydia Velázquez, DN.Y., and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., also called for his overthrow.
Several well-known athletes with links to the island also called on the governor to resign last week, including Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez and St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina.
The Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico released nearly 900 pages of private messages between Rosselló and several other government officials earlier this month.
In a message, Rosselló called a New York politician of Puerto Rican descent a "w — e" and described another as a "daughter of a b — h" Ricky Martin's homosexuality.
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During a press conference on July 11, Rosselló asked the Puerto Ricans to forgive him the privately made comments. In other media appearances, he continued to apologize for the comments, which were considered by many to be offensive and misogynist.
Mike Arroyo, Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.