Tag: Rossello, Ricardo A (1979- )

Hurricane Maria, 2 Years Later: ‘We Want Another Puerto Rico’

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The giant protests are gone now from the streets of Puerto Rico, much like the old governor they ousted in what came to be known as “la revolución de verano,” the summer revolution. What remains, besides flag murals and graffiti slogans, are more modest gatherings asking a more complicated question: What […]

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Alert System Delays on Puerto Rico Raise Fears as Hurricane Dorian Skims Island

Even before Hurricane Dorian grazed Puerto Rico on Wednesday, some of the island’s emergency preparation systems had already fallen short despite a scramble to ready residents for disaster. Last year, federal and local emergency managers announced with fanfare that they had installed the first technologically advanced emergency alert siren downstream of the Guajataca Dam, the […]

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Puerto Rico Got a New Governor 3 Days Ago. But His Future Is Already in Doubt.

Moments after being sworn in as Puerto Rico’s new governor, Pedro R. Pierluisi pledged in no uncertain terms that he would willingly step down in the coming days if the island’s Senate voted against confirming him — even if that made him one of the shortest-serving governors ever to take office. “I have to admit […]

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Pedro Pierluisi Wins House Confirmation to Be Puerto Rico’s Secretary of State. But Who Will Be Governor?

SAN JUAN, P.R. — With Puerto Ricans on edge over their uncertain political future, the island’s House of Representatives voted to confirm a new secretary of state on Friday, backing Ricardo A. Rosselló’s chosen successor just an hour before the ousted governor was to leave office. The vote complicated the succession, which will now almost […]

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Political Drama Delays Vote on Puerto Rico Governor’s Successor

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The political crisis that has paralyzed the government of Puerto Rico for the past three weeks deepened on Thursday and left the island’s 3.2 million residents increasingly unsure who will ultimately lead the territory. A day of closed-door maneuvers among powerful political leaders failed to clearly determine who will succeed Gov. […]

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Who Is Pedro Pierluisi, Who Could Be Puerto Rico’s Next Governor?

A week after announcing his imminent resignation, Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló of Puerto Rico nominated a new secretary of state who could succeed him. Pedro R. Pierluisi faces a confirmation hearing in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday. But Mr. Pierluisi’s path to the governor’s seat is hardly an easy one. He faces serious opposition from […]

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Puerto Rico Governor Names Pedro Pierluisi as His Possible Successor

The ousted governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo A. Rosselló, chose his successor on Wednesday, nominating Pedro R. Pierluisi, who formerly represented the island in Congress, to serve as secretary of state. The move positions Mr. Pierluisi to take over as governor when Mr. Rosselló’s resignation becomes effective later this week. “After much analysis and taking […]

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Protests Are Still Erupting in Puerto Rico. This Time, It’s Over Wanda Vázquez as Governor

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The message from the public to the woman who is in line to become Puerto Rico’s next governor has been as clear — and as literal — as the writing on the wall: “We are coming for you,” said a patch of graffiti on a building in Old San Juan. It […]

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Did Puerto Rican Police Go Too Far During Protests? What the Video Shows.

For two weeks in July, Puerto Rico erupted in popular anger against Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló, whose leaked texts revealed an inner circle that jokingly dismissed the island’s woes, including the thousands left dead by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Infuriated and demanding his removal, protesters took aim at the symbol of Mr. Rosselló’s authority: La […]

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For This Feminist Collective in Puerto Rico, the Mass Protests Were a Long Time Coming

El Espace is a column dedicated to news and culture relevant to Latinx communities. Expect politics, arts, analysis, personal essays and more. ¿Lo mejor? It’ll be in Spanish and English, so you can forward it to your tía, your primo Lalo or anyone else (read: everyone). After more than a week of mass protests in […]

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15 Days of Fury: How Puerto Rico’s Government Collapsed

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The uprising that toppled Puerto Rico’s leaders might be traced to a day earlier this month, when the governor, Ricardo A. Rosselló, was not even on the island. He was on vacation in Europe, curating his Instagram feed with smiling pictures of him and his wife savoring Paris. The political legacy […]

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Here’s Why Puerto Rico’s Next Governor Will Inherit a Financial Mess

When Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, steps down on Aug. 2, his successor will be left with a mountain of unfinished business, including the biggest governmental bankruptcy in United States history and an economy propped up by emergency aid. The island is about three years into a deeply unpopular restructuring of about $129 billion in […]

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Puerto Rico Protesters Get Creative: Dancing, Singing, Diving…

The protests in Puerto Rico that besieged the island’s embattled governor, Ricardo A. Rosselló, before he announced on Wednesday that he was resigning, were unlike any San Juan had seen before. Hundreds of thousands of people from all corners of the island jammed highways and surrounded the governor’s mansion. But they did not just march […]

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Puerto Rico Governor Misread Anger Brewing Against Him

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The people of Puerto Rico knew him first as Ricky, the handsome boy who moved into the governor’s residence when he was just 13. His father was the governor, and Ricardo A. Rosselló grew up as a child of privilege in historic La Fortaleza, a palatial 16th-century mansion with heavy drapes […]

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In Puerto Rico, Rosselló Finally Hears the People

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — I heard that Ricardo Rosselló, the island’s governor, was going to resign around noon on Wednesday. I made my way to La Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion, around 10 a.m. in anticipation. As the day wore into night anticipation turned to frustration. The governor had not shown his face, which enraged […]

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‘We Just Changed History’: Cheers and Tears in San Juan

SAN JUAN, P.R. — All day, the drums and the chants had blared through the streets outside La Fortaleza, the governor’s residence in San Juan, the Puerto Rican capital. But just before midnight on Wednesday, a silence fell over the crowd. For nearly seven hours, Puerto Ricans had gathered to protest their embattled governor, Ricardo […]

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An Anxious Puerto Rico Waits: Will the Governor Resign?

SAN JUAN, P.R. — An anxious sense of expectation gripped Puerto Rico on Wednesday as Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló kept his people guessing — and waiting for hours — for what appeared to be his imminent resignation. Late in the afternoon, his spokesman said Mr. Rosselló would address the Puerto Rican people by the end […]

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Puerto Rico Authorities Seize Cellphones Connected to Online Chat That Triggered Uprising

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Law enforcement authorities in Puerto Rico executed search warrants on Tuesday against several people in Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló’s inner circle whose exchange of sexist and homophobic chat messages triggered a popular uprising on the island. A judge issued warrants for the cellphone seizures on Monday, said Mariana Cobián Rodríguez, a […]

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‘The People Can’t Take It Anymore’: Puerto Rico Erupts in a Day of Protests

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Hundreds of thousands of people swept through the capital of Puerto Rico on Monday, shutting down a major highway and paralyzing much of the city in the latest in a series of furious protests over the island’s embattled governor, Ricardo A. Rosselló. The protest was one of the largest ever seen […]

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Puerto Rico Has Faced Decades of Economic Problems. How Has It Affected You?

Leer en español Puerto Rico is facing a major political crisis as tens of thousands demand the resignation of its governor, Ricardo A. Rosselló. Protesters filled miles of a major highway on Monday in San Juan, joining a massive demonstration against Mr. Rosselló, who is resisting calls to resign. Protests against Mr. Rosselló began last […]

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