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Puerto Rico Governor Set to Quit After Protests, Papers Say

  • Rossello’s position became untenable after leak of texts
  • He was deserted by a parade of cabinet members and aides
Demonstrators march on a highway blocking traffic during a protest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday, July 22, 2019.

Demonstrators march on a highway blocking traffic during a protest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday, July 22, 2019.

Photographer: Xavier Garcia/Bloomberg
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Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello is poised to resign after two weeks of protests drew tens of thousands to the streets of San Juan, according to two of the island’s largest newspapers. His departure would plunge the bankrupt island deeper into uncertainty as it struggles to revive a recession-scarred economy and rebuild from 2017’s devastating Hurricane Maria.

The decision reported by El Nuevo Dia and Vocero would be an abrupt about-face for an embattled governor who vowed to remain in office despite a furor set off by the disclosure of scandalous text messages. It would complicate Puerto Rico’s fitful recovery from the storm and its ability to cut crippling debts in the record-setting collapse that’s cast a shadow over the U.S. territory for the past two years. Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez would be next in the line of succession, as there is no confirmed secretary of state.