sunny.png
Thursday October 17th, 2019 2:10PM

The Latest: Puerto Rico governor says he will resign Aug. 2

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Puerto Rico (all times local):

11:55 p.m.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he is resigning effective Aug. 2 in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced online chat that showed the governor and close advisers insulting women and mocking constituents including the victims of Hurricane Maria.

The 40-year-old Rosselló is the first governor to resign in the modern history of Puerto Rico, a territory of 3.2 million U.S. citizens that is mired in a 13-year recession and still recovering from the Category 4 hurricane two years ago.

Public outrage over the leaked chats and federal corruption charges against former government officials sparked massive demonstrations across San Juan in the largest protest movement on the island since Puerto Ricans successfully marched to demand an end to U.S. Navy military training on the island of Vieques more than 15 years ago.

Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez will become the new governor.

___

6:50 p.m.

The spokesman for Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says the politician is preparing a message to the people of Puerto Rico and will address them directly Wednesday night.

Public Affairs Secretary Anthony Maceira offered no further details Wednesday evening to dozens of reporters gathered outside the governor's residence for word of his political future.

Maceira said only that "Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will be addressing the people of Puerto Rico directly, in a message that he's working on right now."

___

2:30 p.m.

More than 100 protesters gathered around the Puerto Rico governor's mansion in a renewed push to oust Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, but his spokesman says he has not resigned.

Local media had reported that Rosselló was on the verge of leaving Puerto Rico. But Public Affairs Secretary Anthony Maceira said Wednesday the governor "has not resigned and remains in Puerto Rico."

Maceira said that some media had published "incorrect rumors" and that "whatever decision is taken will be officially communicated, as always."

The U.S. territory has been swept by protests after release of an obscenity-laced online chats between Rosselló and his advisers.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Business, AP Business - Economy
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Puerto Rico governor says he will resign Aug. 2
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he is resigning Aug. 2 in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced online chat that showed the governor and close advisers insulting women and mocking constituents including the victims of Hurricane Maria
12:00AM ( 6 minutes ago )
Puerto Rico governor silent as impeachment process looms
A bizarre standoff unfolded in Puerto Rico's capital as Gov. Ricardo Rosselló pledged to deliver a message to islanders Wednesday night, then passed hour after hour in unexplained silence as thousands of protesters chanted for his resignation
11:04PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Group asks Canada to stop Hawaii telescope money
Hawaii Gov. David Ige's point person for talks with protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope says he's organizing the first of many meetings with Native Hawaiian leaders
10:38PM ( 1 hour ago )
U.S. News
Asian shares higher, Korean Kospi dives after missile launch
Asian shares rally after S&P 500, Nasdaq close at record highs, Kospi sinks after missile launch
11:46PM ( 20 minutes ago )
N. Korea fires missiles into sea in apparent pressure tactic
South Korea's military says North Korea has fired two missiles into sea in the first launches in more than two months
11:36PM ( 30 minutes ago )
American King disqualified in 200 breast heats at worlds
American Lilly King has been disqualified from the 200-meter breaststroke preliminaries at the world swimming championships
11:06PM ( 59 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Australia hopes to sign trade deal with Johnson
Australia's prime minister has congratulated Boris Johnson and hopes to ink one of Britain's first bilateral trade deals after Brexit
10:15PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Dominic Raab named UK foreign secretary
Dominic Raab has been named Britain's foreign secretary, the country's top diplomat and one of the most senior roles in government
8:09PM ( 3 hours ago )
Privacy case settled, Facebook discloses FTC antitrust probe
Facebook says it is under antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission
8:06PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Business
Stocks hit record highs as investors reward solid earnings
U.S. stocks closed higher as investors rewarded solid financial results from several large companies
4:36PM ( 7 hours ago )
US stocks move higher as investors reward solid earnings
U.S. stocks moved higher in afternoon trading as investors rewarded solid financial results from several large companies
2:16PM ( 9 hours ago )
The Latest: Sajid Javid appointed UK Treasury chief
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Sajid Javid the country's new Treasury chief, one of the most senior jobs in Cabinet
1:46PM ( 10 hours ago )
AP Business - Economy
Puerto Rico governor silent as impeachment process looms
A bizarre standoff unfolded in Puerto Rico's capital as Gov. Ricardo Rosselló pledged to deliver a message to islanders Wednesday night, then passed hour after hour in unexplained silence as thousands of protesters chanted for his resignation
11:04PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Group asks Canada to stop Hawaii telescope money
Hawaii Gov. David Ige's point person for talks with protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope says he's organizing the first of many meetings with Native Hawaiian leaders
10:38PM ( 1 hour ago )
Fire no longer threatens key Idaho nuclear facilities
The nation's primary nuclear research facility plans to go back to regular operations Thursday after a change in wind direction pushed a wildfire away from the sprawling site in Idaho
10:15PM ( 1 hour ago )
Fire close to nuke facilities in Idaho shifts away in wind
A shift in the wind blew a wildfire away from buildings containing nuclear fuel at the nation's primary nuclear research facility
9:22PM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: 'The Rock' visits Hawaiians protesting telescope
Hawaii Gov. David Ige's point person for talks with protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope says he's organizing the first of many meetings with Native Hawaiian leaders
9:18PM ( 2 hours ago )