Puerto Rico governor says he will not seek re-election

FILE PHOTO: Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello speaks during an interview in New York City, U.S., November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

(Reuters) – Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Sunday he would not run for re-election and would step down as the head of his New Progressive Party following nine days of sometimes violent protests over leaked text messages.

Rossello made the comments on a video on his Facebook page after widespread calls for his resignation in the U.S. island territory over the vulgar messages between himself and allies.

Reporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico, Editing by Peter Cooney

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