Puerto Ricans back full US statehood but vote marred by abstentions

Puerto Ricans back full US statehood but vote marred by abstentionsPuerto Rico’s referendum on statehood delivered a lackluster turnout Sunday, with almost four fifths of voters deciding not to cast a ballot, though those who did unanimously backed the territory becoming a US state. A weak turnout had been predicted, given the call by opposition parties — which supported the status quo — for a boycott of the non-binding vote. Despite the low level of participation, Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello vowed, after casting his vote for full annexation by the United States, to defend internationally the result.



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