The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, announced he would not seek re-election in November 2020, but will not resign.
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Rosalo will step down as President of the New Progressive Party. He said he would fulfill his mandate as a governor and allow his successor to be democratically elected.
"The excuse is not enough," Roselo said in the Facebook Live message, adding that he was ready to take over the process that could lead to his impeachment.
"I announce that I will not seek re-election as Governor next year. Besides, I resign as President of the New Progressive Party. Finally, I have to respect the constitutional order and welcome the process from the legislative meeting, which I will face with all truth, power and in a responsible way, "Roselo said. "Every Puerto Rican: I heard you and I heard you today. I made mistakes and apologized. I am a good person who has great love for my island and for everyone.
The announcement came after a week of protest triggered by the release of explosive text messages between the governor and his supreme assistants and advisers.
Big protests are expected on Monday with protesters planning to gather on a highway leading to San Juan.
The governor faces increasing pressure to resign, as private online chat messages in the Telegram application expired earlier this month, in which he and his superiors have said they have made homophobic, misogynist and sexist comments against opponents and critics and mocked the victims of the hurricane
"A person who uses this language against a woman, whether a public figure or not, should not rule Puerto Rico," Mark-Viverito replied in a Spanish statement that Twitter . Rosella has also been caught mocking with an overweight person with whom he stands up for a photo.
Missing chat conversations also captured Christian Sobrino, leading economic advisor to Roselo, making homophobic remarks about Ricky Martin and saying that Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz was "out of her medication" and that she was "spirited" Cruces is expected to run against Roselo in 2020 at the governor's election. Other members of the chat group used emotions with the middle finger to express their disregard for the supervisory board.
The members of the group also joked about the carcasses that were gathered after Hurricane Mary.
Sobrin and Rosellos State Secretary, Luis Rivera Marin, resigned after the chat messages were downloaded.
"I'm not proud of what I did," Roselo said in a statement last week. "These were just comments, but they were offensive comments, and I apologize for what I did, but I have to go ahead and continue the work I'm doing for Puerto Rico.
Rosella added, "I have not done any illegal acts or corrupt actions, I have done unlawful action."
President Donald Trump has published several tweets about the turmoil in Puerto Rico, saying that "there are a lot of bad things going on."
There are many bad things happening in Puerto Rico. The governor is under siege, the mayor of San Juan is a despised and incompetent person whom I would not trust under any circumstances, and the United States Congress stupidly gave $ 92 billion for hurricane relief, a lot …
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 18 July 2019
But Trump directed his remarks more to Cruz than to Roselo. Cruz strongly criticized the response of the Trump administration to Hurricane Maria.
The president said Cruise was "a despicable and incompetent person whom I would not trust under any circumstances."
Cruise responded in a Thursday statement on Facebook, saying: "President Trump has never received it; and you will never do it. "
"This is not for you, but for the dignity of Puerto Rico people," Cruz said in his statement. "What is happening in Puerto Rico is that there are people protesting in the streets, united by a deep sense of dignity, against corruption and a mosquito, homophobic, double-faced governor."