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chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-07-27 06:40

Embattled Puerto Rico governor to step down

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello speaks during an interview in New York City on Nov 2, 2017. [Photo/Agencies]

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Wednesday that he's resigning, effective Aug 2, amid public anger over obscenity-laced online chats involving him and his aides.

Rossello, 40, is the first governor to resign in the modern history of Puerto Rico, a territory with 3.2 million US citizens that is still recovering from a catastrophic hurricane two years ago.

Protests broke out in Puerto Rico earlier this month after the leak of hundreds of pages of text chats on a messaging app in which Rossello and other male administration members made vulgar, sexist and inappropriate comments.

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