Puerto Rican Governor Expected to Resign Amid Public Outrage

The governor of Puerto Rico is expected to resign Wednesday amid public outrage over alleged corruption and a released string of vulgar text messages.

Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló is expected to resign from his position about two weeks after Puerto Ricans first began protesting to drive him from office.

Rosselló is likely to step down today over a tenure in office categorized by alleged corruption and vulgar text messages between him and 11 close allies.

Reports claim the next individual to take over as governor is Wanda Vásquez, who is the current justice secretary.

The public outrage comes about two weeks after those offensive messages surfaced showing Rosselló and his allies mocking victims of Hurricane Maria and chastising women.

The chat involved the app Telegram and involved the governor and other members of the administration.

Meanwhile, federal corruption charges continue to loom involving several of the island’s government officials. 

This comes just days after Rosselló posted a Facebook video notifying his constituents he would not seek reelection.

He went on to say he would not step down as governor, but he did clarify he would not continue to lead the pro-statehood party. 

He continued by highlighting he has apologized in the past and recognized he has made mistakes during his time in office. 

Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets since the scandal has erupted while the Facebook video did little to quell the people’s response. 

Rosselló is expected to resign before noon.

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