Puerto Rico's embattled governor will not seek re-election

Embattled Puerto Rico governor announces he will NOT seek reelection amid corruption probe and his vile chat room messaging scandal sending protesters wild on the streets of San Juan Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello said on Sunday he will not run for another term in 2020 elections He stepped down as head of his party but said he will remain as governor until the end of his term His announcement in a Facebook Live video came a day before a planned general strike and more demonstrations in the U.S. island territory He has been facing public outrage ever since vulgar messages between himself and allies were leaked on July 13 In the online chats, the governor and his allies referred to politicians, celebrities and ordinary Puerto Ricans in misogynistic, homophobic and vulgar terms Public outrage sent hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans marching to his official residence in recent days demanding his resignation 

By Reuters

Published: 23:48 BST, 21 July 2019 | Updated: 23:49 BST, 21 July 2019

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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. 

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