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Puerto Rican Jurists Recommend Starting Impeachment Trial Against Governor

© AP Photo / Dennis M. Rivera PichardoDemonstrators march against governor Ricardo Rosello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Protesters are demanding Rossello step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board overseeing the island's finance.
Demonstrators march against governor Ricardo Rosello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Protesters are demanding Rossello step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board overseeing the island's finance. - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Three jurists recommended that the Puerto Rican Legislature begin the process of impeachment against Governor Ricardo Rossello after an investigation commissioned by the House of Representatives found five offences that constitute grounds for such action, jurist Enrique Colon Santana said in a statement.

Earlier in the day media reported that Rossello was prepared to resign after more than a week of protests after homophobic and misogynistic comments made by the governor and his associates were leaked to investigative reporters. Later, however, Rossello said in a statement that he would not resign, according to reports.

"Our recommendation to the body [House of Representatives] is to proceed with the government trial in the presentation of an accusation document to continue the proceedings," Santana said on Wednesday upon delivering the report to House President Carlos Mendez Nunez as quoted by the Caribbean Business news site.

According to Telemundo, Nunez said during a press conference that the only way to stave off the impeachment process is if Rossello resigns and the report on the five offences would then be passed to the relevant authorities for further action.

Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have been protesting for nearly two weeks demanding Rossello resign after hundreds of the governor’s messages while communicating with his associates were made public and revealed hateful, homophobic and misogynistic comments against opponents, journalists and others.

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