Puerto Rico governor will not seek reelection amid texting scandal

Puerto Rico governor will not seek reelection amid texting scandal

At the same time, the island is trying to rebuild from Maria, which caused more than $100 billion in damage, threw Puerto Rico into a year-long blackout and left thousands dead, a lot of them succumbing during the sweltering aftermath. "I've had jobs in Puerto Rico". "That's what he's hoping for, but we outnumber him". "At the same time the governor is not good". "We need leadership", protester Daphne Lebron told ABC News.

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,600 km southeast of Miami, U.S. state of Florida.

The tense protest environment outside of the governor's mansion La Fortaleza was replaced by a huge party after Rossello's announcement.

The demonstrators were upset about corruption that, they said, dates back long before the leaked chats. Those arrested included the former education secretary.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello speaks during an interview in New York City, U.S., November 2, 2017.

Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway on Monday to demand the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello in a crisis triggered by the leak of offensive, obscenity-laden chat messages between him and his advisers.

In another, a mocking comment is made about bodies piled up in the morgue after Hurricane Maria, which left almost 3,000 dead.

"I own the Miss Universe contest and we had them in Puerto Rico, twice".

"The people of Puerto Rico are great". Pop singer Ricky Martin, who was one of the people Rossello ridiculed in his chats, said he would be taking part in Monday's protests and urged lawmakers to start impeachment proceedings.

"We are not afraid".

Organizers say they're expecting hundreds of thousands of people at Monday's protest.

The embattled governor said while he will not resign as the island's leader, he will step down as head of his pro-statehood party.

"I'm going to be looking forward to turning over power to the person elected democratically", he said.

Rossello, 40, asked for forgiveness and said he respected the wishes of Puerto Ricans in a message broadcast online on Sunday.

And the president again said, "I'm the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico".

"I've heard you, I love the island and people. I've made mistakes and I apologize".

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