Amid popular protests rooted in a text message scandal, but which grew into a widespread repudiation of political mismanagement in the U.S. territory, Ricardo Rosselló has announced that he’ll step down Aug. 2. “I’m overjoyed,” one protester said. “We did it.” Rosselló, who acknowledged that he’d “heard the demand of the people,” will be the first governor of Puerto Rico to resign. Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez will succeed him.
Does this mean change for the island? Observers say Puerto Rico’s future leaders should be wary of a newly emboldened citizenry, with one activist warning that people aren’t “sitting in front of their TVs anymore.”
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