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Puerto Rico governor heads to DC to announce referendum results

By on June 14, 2017

SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was traveling Wednesday to Washington, D.C., to inform of the status referendum’s results, which had the lowest electoral participation—23% of registered voters—in a vote of this type on the island and in which statehood, or the admission of Puerto Rico as a U.S. state, was favored by 97% of those who voted.

On Thursday, Rosselló will hold a press conference to deliver to Congress the results of the June 11 status referendum. He will be joined by Puerto Rico Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín,  as well as U.S. Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Darren Soto (D-Florida), who led an observation delegation formed at the request of the Puerto Rico Department of State.

On Friday, Rosselló will head to New York, where he will reportedly attend a National Governors Association meeting.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer replied to a question from the media that the vote’s results are “something that Congress has to address.” The governor assured that the White House correctly referred the results to Congress because “the [U.S.] Constitution states that management of territories passes onto the hands of Congress. It isn’t that they are saying ‘you take care of it because I won’t’.”

White House press secretary: Congress has to address Puerto Rico referendum

Rosselló said that after the referendum’s results were reported by U.S. media, he has seen members of Congress interested in “validating the will of the people of Puerto Rico.” He added that Puerto Ricans’ call for admission as a state is a civil rights issue and he will inform it as such to the U.S. legislators with whom he meets.

“This will be an important matter. This is at the core issue of what it means to be part of the American nation,” the governor said.

Rosselló is expected to return to the island Friday night.

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