Puerto Ricans vote overwhelmingly to apply for US statehood

By REUTERS
June 12, 2017 02:15
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SAN JUAN, June 11 - Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to apply to Congress to become the 51st state, election officials said, although less than a quarter of eligible voters cast ballots in the plebiscite.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said voters in the economically troubled US island territory were sending a strong message to Congress. But Puerto Rico is seen as a low priority in Washington.


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