Puerto Rico party to seek political status change

Puerto Rico party to seek political status change

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US President Barack Obama greets guests after speaking at a welcome ceremony in a hangar at Muniz Air National Guard Base in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 14, 2011. The visit marks the first by a US President to the island territory since former US President John F. Kennedy's visit in 1961. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's pro-statehood party is organizing marches to demand that the U.S. government honor the results of a referendum regarding the Caribbean island's political status.

A statement Saturday from the New Progressive Party says marches will be held March 2 in Puerto Rico, Washington and other cities.

Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but are not allowed to vote for a president and have a representative in Congress with limited voting rights.

In the first question of November's two-part referendum, 54 percent of voters said they were not content with commonwealth status.

The second question asked what status was preferred. Of the about 1.3 million voters who made a choice, nearly 800,000 supported statehood, some 437,000 backed sovereign free association and 72,560 chose independence. But nearly 500,000 left that question blank.
 

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