Reuters reports Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello will resign as of August 2nd instead of staying in office until the end of his term.
Rossello bowed to pressure from 12 days of protests after the release of damning messages between him and 11 top advisors that drove Puerto Ricans into the streets. This came on top of ongoing corruption and financial troubles as well as citizens still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2018.
Once they learned the news, protestors erupted into celebration.
His expected successor, Secretary of Justice Wanda Vazquez, has not gained public acceptance either. Puerto Rican citizens held signs stating, “Wanda, you’re next!” and “Wanda, we don’t want you either!”
Vazquez is viewed as too close to Rossello and reportedly does not want the job.
Vázquez was next in line for the job after the current embattled leader, Ricardo Rosselló, announced his resignation on Wednesday.
“I have no interest in occupying the position of Governor,” Vázquez said on Twitter.According to Puerto Rico’s order of succession, the secretary of state should be next in line after the governor. But the man holding that position, Luis G. Rivera Marín resigned July 13. He was one of the participants in a group chat at the heart of the scandal that led to protests and Rosselló’s resignation.
This made Vázquez the next in line.She said in a tweet that while the constitution calls for her to be the governor, she hopes Rosselló appoints a new secretary of state who can then take over.
According to Reuters, leaders of Rossello’s pro-statehood party are “scrambling to … negotiate another successor” that the people will accept.
The people have been heard in Puerto Rico. Mainland American citizens should take a page from their book.
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