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Country Report Puerto Rico

  • Published: July 2014
  • Region: Puerto Rico
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The governor, Alejandro García Padilla of the Partido Popular Democrático, has presented to his party a plan to hold a plebiscite on the island's political relationship with the US in 2016, the last year of his term.

Mr García Padilla and his party support the continuation of the current commonwealth status, while the major opposition party, the Partido Nuevo Progresista, favours full political integration as a US state. A small but persistent minority supports full political independence, and is currently represented in the island's Senate by María de Lourdes Santiago, the only elected official of the Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño.

The governor is seizing on an initiative of the US president, Barack Obama, who in January introduced legislation in the US Congress to facilitate a plebiscite on Puerto Rico's political status. The legislation provides for US$2.5m to help fund the plebiscite, on the condition that the status options included in the ballot have to be approved by the US Secretary of Justice. Ostensibly, the US government wishes to ensure that all options are defined and described to voters in a manner that is fair to all READ MORE >

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