Puerto Rico gov will not seek reelection, but won't resign

Governor Ricardo Rossello

Governor Ricardo Rossello

Current and former members of the New Progressive Party earlier called on Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello to step down and avoid getting impeached over a chat message scandal that sparked protests across the United States island territory.

But in a four-minute speech, streamed live on Facebook, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said that he would not seek reelection and that he would step down as president of his New Progressive Party.

Rosselló's announcement came as thousands of protesting Puerto Ricans have been demanding his resignation after hundreds of pages of offensive text messages and chats were leaked.

Insisting that he loved the island and had considered the calls for him to resign, he said, "Puerto Rican brothers and sisters ..."

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Protesters had given the governor until Sunday evening to resign.

"Once again: Rosselló must resign", tweeted U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in response to his video. The leaked chats reportedly revealed disparaging remarks by Rossello, including homophobic and misogynistic comments about political rivals.

"Nevertheless, I understand that apologizing is not enough", Rosselló said before he made his announcement.

It has also raised concerns among US lawmakers who are weighing the island's requests for billions of federal dollars for healthcare and work to recover from Hurricane Maria, which led to almost 3,000 deaths.

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