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Head of Puerto Rico emergency management agency quits post 

By on November 10, 2017

SAN JUAN – The director of Puerto Rico’s Emergency Management Agency has resigned from his post as the island struggles through the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced the resignation of Abner Gómez without giving a reason for his departure. Gómez came under criticism for taking a vacation less than a month after the hurricane roared across the island on Sept. 20.

The resignation Friday came a day after the governor demanded that all members of his Cabinet submit unsigned letters of resignation and devote themselves completely to recovery efforts.

Public Security Secretary Héctor Pesquera, foreground, and Public Affairs Secretary Ramón Rosario (Yoel Parrilla / CB)

The job of running the agency was handed over to Public Security Secretary Héctor Pesquera.

Hurricane María caused widespread damage and the worst blackout in U.S. history, with much of the island still without power.

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