Thousands take to the streets to celebrate as Puerto Rico's governor finally resigns

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Thousands of people have taken to the streets to celebrate as Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello stepped down as Friday following weeks of massive street protests.

Ecstatic citizens crowded streets in San Juan waving Puerto Rican flags, banging drums and drinking champagne as news broke of Rosello's exit.

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Others stood on balconies and watched the procession of people, many of whom were brought to tears that the governor had finally stepped down after a turbulent few weeks in the US territory.

Protests in Puerto Rico started July 13, when the Center for Investigative Journalism released 889 pages of leaked text chats.

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In the texts, Rossello and 11 other male administration members made fun of women, gays, victims of Hurricane Maria in 2017, journalists and other politicians.

Among those they made homophobic jokes about was San Juan native pop star Ricky Martin.

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The messages were widely seen as the painful last straw for people fed up with years of economic stagnation, corruption, government mismanagement and a slow and sloppy recovery effort after Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people in September 2017.

Three days before the release of those chats, prosecutors charged six former government officials with embezzling $15 million in hurricane reconstruction money.

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Rossello announced last week that he would resign on Friday, capping two weeks of popular anger.

On Friday, the House of Representatives confirmed Pedro Pierluisi as secretary of state, making him the US territory's interim leader.

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Rossello had nominated Pierluisi, a member of his New Progressive Party (PNP), as secretary of state on Wednesday, lining him up to serve as governor...
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