Roberto Prats Resigns Puerto Rico Democratic Party Presidency
SAN JUAN — Former Senator Roberto Prats announced Friday his resignation as president of the Puerto Rico Democratic Party, after occupying the position for the past fourteen years.
Prats’ decision was made public after he informed U.S. Democratic Party President Donna Brazile and the local party’s executive committee.
“I always believed, and I still do, that achieving the highest levels of tolerance to diversity in political thinking strengthens the name of Puerto Rico in the United States’ political structures,” said the democratic leader, who affirmed that his goal has always been to promote harmony and inclusion among pro-statehood and Commonwealth advocators alike.
Prats stated that the 2016 electoral cycle paved the way for notable changes ahead both in the local and federal governments, as well as the U.S. Democratic Party. Thus, he deemed necessary to conclude his management and “allow a fresh leadership to be involved in the United states’ political processes and continue this fight of maintaining Puerto Rico’s name high and with a dignified and inclusive presence in the Democratic Party,” he said in written declarations.
The former senator reminisced about his accomplishments throughout the years, such as increasing the number of delegates in Puerto Rico to its highest point in history; collaborating on the island’s first presidential visit in 50 years, when then-president Barack Obama arrived at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in summer of 2010; and being selected for the Democratic National Committee’s executive commission for two consecutive terms, beginning in 2009.
“I am grateful for the support from all my colleagues in the United States who have accompanied me in this journey, and I reiterate my gratitude and respect to all compatriots who gave me the honor of representing you as president of all the island’s democrats,” he said.
Prats informed that the party’s executive committee designated Ponce Mayor María “Mayita” Meléndez to fill the vice-presidency and lead the election for a new president in compliance to party rulings.