Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is anticipated to resign on Wednesday after more than a week of protests that rocked the island’s capital city, a supply familiar with the scenario informed CNN.
1000’s have jammed the streets of San Juan calling for the governor’s resignation after Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism revealed a series of group messages between the governor and his inner circle that included homophobic and misogynistic language and jokes about Hurricane Maria victims.
Demonstrators have been decided to stay on the streets till Rosselló stepped down, fed up with years of government corruption, excessive poverty charges, crushing debt and a painfully slow recovery because of the 2017 disaster.
Overnight on Wednesday, an energetic crowd stuffed the streets outside the governor’s mansion waving flags and banners after news of the governor’s anticipated announcement broke.
The individual anticipated to take Rosselló’s place is Puerto Rico Secretary of Justice Wanda Vazquez. The news comes a day after Rosselló’s chief of staff submitted his resignation, effective on July 31.
Ricardo Llerandi Cruz wrote in his resignation letter: “The previous few days have been extremely tough for everybody. At this historic juncture, it’s up to me to take the welfare of my family into consideration. The threats we have obtained could be tolerated as a person. However, I’ll never permit them to affect my house.”
Protests in the US territory have been ongoing for more than a week — and older protesters mentioned on Monday’s demonstrations have been among the largest they’ve ever seen.