Amidst mounting protests and public outcry, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló finally announced his resignation on Wednesday.
As NBC News reports, Rosselló’s announcement comes days after Puerto Rico had the largest protest in recent history, demanding Rosselló be ousted over corruption investigations and arrests, as well as the growing scandal over leaked private chats between him, some of his current and formal officials and close associates that were laced with homophobic, misogynistic, and profane comments.
The situation coalesced to such a point where even politicians from the mainland added their voices to the public outrage, demanding Rosselló’s resignation.
Rosselló’s resignation will take effect on Aug. 2, NBC notes. In his announcement, which was published to Facebook, Rosselló insisted that he actually stood against corruption and was all about helping different communities.
“My only North Star has been the well-being of my island,” he said.
Residents of the island celebrated as the news broke, flooding to the streets and shouting “Ricky, te botamos!” (“Ricky, we threw you out!”) at the announcement.