Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, has given a televised speech announcing his resignation after almost two weeks of protests calling for him to step down. The streets of San Juan erupted in celebration as the news spread.
Rosselló was embroiled in a scandal involving offensive chat messages and government corruption. The embattled governor said he would stay in his position until 2 August after which the Puerto Rico secretary of justice, Wanda Vázquez, would take over.
During his term as governor, the island was hit with back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 that killed about 3,000 people and caused widespread destruction just months after the US territory filed for bankruptcy