After facing intense calls to step down by demonstrators, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation Wednesday (July 24).
After news of his resignation, which will be effective Aug. 2, crowds in the streets of Puerto Rico chanted, "Ricky, te botamos!" ("Ricky, we threw you out!")
In the video, Rosselló said he worked hard to fight for the well-being of his people on the island.
"My only priority has been the transformation of our island and the well-being of our people," said Rosselló. "The demands have been overwhelming and I've received them with highest degree of humility."
However, for crowds who took to the streets of Puerto Rico for the last two weeks, it was time for Rosselló to step down.
Just before he stepped down, attorneys commissioned by the president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, Carlos Méndez Núñez, reportedly found five offenses that constituted grounds for impeachment.
In a report leaked to NBC News, the attorneys found Rosselló’s offenses included illicitly using public resources and services for partisan purposes as well as allowing government officials and contractors to misuse public funds and time for non-government work.
The leaked chats included profane language, misogynistic and homophobic comments against public officials, and inappropriate comments about the deaths following Hurricane Maria.
Rosselló's resignation came before Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives could hold a meeting Thursday to begin the impeachment process and the island's Justice Department could confiscate the cellphones of several people involved in the various scandals.
Rosselló is the U.S. commonwealth's first governor to resign.
By law, the island's secretary of state would succeed Rosselló, but no one has been confirmed for that position since Luis G. Rivera Marín, who was part of the chat scandal, submitted his resignation on July 13.
Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez is next in line.
"Once the resignation is official, if necessary, I will assume the historic mandate that the Constitution of Puerto Rico commends," she said in a statement.
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