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Former Governor says Delay in Addressing Status is Unacceptable

By on January 26, 2016

SAN JUAN – The Popular Democratic Party (PDP) has suggested that it will wait for the U.S. Supreme Court’s expressions on the double jeopardy clause case before it, which has political status implications for Puerto Rico, to then adopt a position on the matter.

That PDP stance, adopted two weeks ago when David Bernier became the president of the political party, following Gov. Alejandro García Padilla’ exit, is not acceptable to the former governor and leader of the statehood movement in Puerto Rico, Pedro Rosselló.

“The Popular Party has spent decades waiting…; it cannot now argue that we have to wait, because the people have internalized that the colonial status of Puerto Rico is not viable for the future,” the former governor said in a radio interview.

He said the presented proposals must be made with a united voice, which in his opinion is currently not the case.

“It is unacceptable to simply say, ‘Let’s wait,’ because that is what has led us to where we are,” added Rosselló, who governed the island from 1993 to 2001.

Regarding the eight gubernatorial hopefuls, Rosselló said, “Right now, there are only three who could have the option of being governor of Puerto Rico,” adding it is time those candidates state their views as well as where they want to lead Puerto Rico, that they provide a “specific plan, not general ideas about the actions they would take.”

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