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Puerto Rico tackles decades-old status issue

Puerto Rico tackles decades-old status issue

A decades-old quest to define Puerto Rico's status once and for all has been renewed.
A group of legislators are debating whether the U.S. Caribbean territory should issue a plebiscite. Voters would choose between keeping the commonwealth status adopted in 1952 or opt for something different.
A second plebiscite would let them decide whether they want statehood, independence or independence with a loose association.
Debate on the proposal introduced by Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi began Wednesday.
Puerto Ricans voted to maintain the island's current status and rejected statehood in nonbinding referendums in 1967, 1993 and 1998. They are barred from voting in presidential elections and their Congressional delegate cannot vote.


Updated : 2021-10-19 04:43 GMT+08:00