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  2. Tuesday 13th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    PUERTO RICO’S governor claimed victory on Sunday night after voters backed US statehood — but on a 23 per cent turnout.

    Governor Ricardo Rossello told some 200 supporters in the capital San Juan: “The United States of America will have to obey the will of our people!”

    The US Congress, the only body which can approve a new state, will now decide whether to change the status of the Caribbean island colony.

    More than 500,000 people backed becoming the 51st US state in Sunday’s non-binding plebiscite. Some 7,800 favoured the option of free association or independence and 6,800 preferred the status quo.

    But three opposition parties which urged their supporters to boycott the vote called the low turnout a failure for Mr Rossello’s plan to join the union.

    “Whoever claims that statehood triumphed is being intellectually dishonest,” said former governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla. “The boycott defeated statehood.”

    As subjects of one of five US overseas territories, Puerto Ricans have US citizenship and vote in presidential elections but have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

    “We have been a colony for 500 years and we have had US citizenship for 100 years, but it’s been a second-class one,” Mr Rosello said.

    In New York, recently freed independence leader Oscar Lopez drew cheers and boos as he rode a float in the city’s Puerto Rico Day parade.

    The National Liberation Armed Forces leader, who had his life sentence … commuted by former US president Barack Obama, shouted: “This is for the Puerto Rican people!”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-7a27-Low-turnout-votes-for-US-statehood#.WT__m9xpwdU

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