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Puerto Rico governor's chief of staff quits amid scandal probe


Added 07-24-19 12:10:02am EST - “The chief of staff for Puerto Rico's governor resigned on Tuesday as prosec...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Puerto Rico governor's chief of staff quits amid scandal probe”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SAN JUAN (Reuters) - The chief of staff for Puerto Rico’s governor resigned on Tuesday as prosecutors investigated a scandal in his administration that has sparked 11 days of protests demanding the Caribbean island’s leader step down.

The sometimes-violent demonstrations, which drew an estimated 500,000 people to the streets of San Juan on Monday, are the latest crisis to rock the bankrupt U.S. territory as it struggles to recover from a hurricane two years ago that killed some 3,000 people.

The publication on July 13 of chat messages in which Governor Ricardo Rosselló and aides used profane language to describe female politicians and openly-gay Puerto Ricans like Ricky Martin unleashed simmering resentment over his handling of 2017’s hurricane Maria, alleged corruption in his administration and the island’s bankruptcy process.

A string of Rosselló’s closest aides have stepped down over the scandal, and his chief of staff Ricardo Llerandi was the latest to hand in his resignation on Tuesday.

“At this historical juncture it is up to me to put the welfare of my family beyond any other consideration,” Llerandi said in a letter. “The threats received I can tolerate as an individual, but I will never allow them to affect my home.”

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