Rosselló is two and a half years into his four year term.
“I’m going to be looking forward to turning over power to the person elected democratically,” he said.
Hundreds of protesters near La Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion, listened to the announcement on their phones, holding their devices up to their ears as they struggled to hear.
The Center for Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages of leaked chats from the governor’s private Telegram Messenger group, in which he and 11 top aides and Cabinet members exchanged profanity-laced, homophobic and misogynistic messages about fellow politicians, members of the media and celebrities.
Resident Xavier Garcia, 28, said he wasn’t satisfied with Rosselló’s announcement that he wouldn’t seek reelection.
“We want him gone, that’s it,” Garcia said. “It’s about respect.”