Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello has announced his resignation, after a text message leak triggered a two-week protest in the country.
In the text exchange on Telegram, he and other administration members made homophobic comments and mocked women and hurricane victims.
Rossello said, in a video statement posted on the government’s Facebook page. “I announce that I will be resigning from the governor’s post-effective Friday, August 2 at 5 pm,”
“I trust that Puerto Rico will continue united and move forward as it always has. I hope that this decision will serve as a call for reconciliation of citizens”, Rossello added.
Rossello said he made the decision after discussing with his family and he took into consideration the complaints against him .
Rossello also said that Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez would temporarily succeed him.
Protesters who surrounded the streets near the governor’s mansion since the afternoon broke into cheers as the news broke, shooting fireworks and waving Puerto Rican flags.
Puerto Rican House Speaker Johnny Mendez had already convened an extraordinary legislative session that was to begin the impeachment process against Rossello on Thursday.
Mendez said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, that if the governor did not resign, he would be removed.
On July 13, when the Center for Investigative Journalism released 889 pages of text chats on the Telegram App in which Rossello and 11 other male members of the administration criticized officials, politicians, and journalists.