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The governor has resigned, but Puerto Rico Has A Trust Problem In Washington — And At Home

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PEDRO PORTAL
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MIAMI HERALD
Thousands of Puerto Ricans celebrated on July 25, 2019, a day after governor Ricardo Rosselló announced that he will be stepping down effective August 2."

What was planned to be yet another massive strike calling for the resignation of Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló became a historic day of celebrating a seemingly impossible victory Thursday, following the governor’s announcement the night before that he will be stepping down next week.

But the festivities that followed the governor’s resignation, the first one in the island’s history, were quickly eclipsed Thursday morning with the publication of a series of leaked text messages allegedly exchanged by the woman who is expected to become Rosselló’s successor.

It was enough for Puerto Rico’s Office of Government Ethics to initiate an investigation into potential violations by Justice Department Secretary Wanda Vázquez, who would be next in line to replace Rosselló. Among other allegations, the leaked messages suggest Vázquez may have failed to investigate a controversy of aid distribution after Hurricane Maria, local media reported.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.