Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Sunday he will not seek re-election but refused to resign, as corruption allegations have sparked widespread protests in San Juan.
Puerto Ricans have been calling for Rosselló’s resignation after leaked online chats showed the Democrat insulting women and political opponents as well as mocking victims of Hurricane Maria, one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit the island territory.
His official residence has been under siege this week as hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered outside La Fortaleza, the governor’s official residence.
Amid the outcry, the media-friendly governor has avoided public appearances since July 11, making only four brief appearances, breaking from his usual three or four lengthy news conferences in addition to multiple media appearances.
A wave of protests hit the island on Friday, with union workers marching towards La Fortaleza from the nearby waterfront. Horseback riders and hundreds of other people also joined the march.
Smaller protests also broke out across the island over the weekend, though most people were expected to hit the streets on Monday.
The calls to oust the governor have caught the attention in the mainland U.S. and several officials, including presidential candidate Julián Castro, have come out in support of the protesters.
Fox News’ Mike Arroyo, Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.