Published: 23:48 BST, 21 July 2019 | Updated: 23:49 BST, 21 July 2019
Puerto Rico's embattled governor says he will not seek re-election next year and will step down as head of his party following nine days of sometimes violent protests demanding his resignation over vulgar chat messages.
A day before a planned general strike and more demonstrations in the U.S. island territory, Ricardo Rossello said he respected the wishes of Puerto Ricans and would not run for another term in 2020 elections.
He also said he would resign as head of his New Progressive Party but would remain as governor until the end of his term.
'I know that apologizing is not enough. It is only my work that will help