Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to step down amid chat scandal, massive protests

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he will step down next week after more than a week of protests calling for his resignation.

Rosselló says he will resign August 2.

The governor had been expected to announce his resignation earlier Wednesday as lawmakers were ready to begin impeachment proceedings.

Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez will likely take his place as governor.

Thousands of people have jammed the streets of San Juan for days, calling for Rosselló’s resignation after Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published a series of group messages between the governor and his inner circle that included homophobic and misogynistic language and jokes about Hurricane Maria victims.

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