(CNN)Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said he will step down next week after more than a week of protests calling for his resignation.

Rosselló said in a video message on Facebook that he will resign August 2, at 5 p.m. ET.The governor had been expected to announce his resignation earlier Wednesday as lawmakers were ready to begin impeachment proceedings. Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez will likely take his place as governor.Thousands of people have jammed the streets of San Juan for days, calling for Rosselló’s resignation after Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published a series of group messages between the governor and his inner circle that included homophobic and misogynistic language and jokes about Hurricane Maria victims.Read MoreProtesters say Rosselló’s resignation is only a first step in what they call an historic challenge to a political power structure long dominated by two parties. In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoIn pictures: Massive protests in Puerto Rico Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoProtesters rally in San Juan, Puerto Rico, amid rumors that Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will resign on Wednesday, July 24.Protesters rally in San Juan, Puerto Rico, amid rumors that Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will resign on Wednesday, July 24. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoProtesters rally in San Juan, Puerto Rico, amid rumors that Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will resign on Wednesday, July 24.Hide Caption 1 of 36Demonstrators react Tuesday, July 23, upon hearing reports that Rosselló will step down.Demonstrators react Tuesday, July 23, upon hearing reports that Rosselló will step down. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoDemonstrators react Tuesday, July 23, upon hearing reports that Rosselló will step down.Hide Caption 2 of 36Police clash with protesters during demonstrations against Rosselló on Monday, July 22. The protests continued into Tuesday morning.Police clash with protesters during demonstrations against Rosselló on Monday, July 22. The protests continued into Tuesday morning. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoPolice clash with protesters during demonstrations against Rosselló on Monday, July 22. The protests continued into Tuesday morning.Hide Caption 3 of 36A protester throws a tear gas canister toward police in San Juan.A protester throws a tear gas canister toward police in San Juan. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoA protester throws a tear gas canister toward police in San Juan.Hide Caption 4 of 36A protester reacts to tear gas outside the governor's mansion.A protester reacts to tear gas outside the governor's mansion. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoA protester reacts to tear gas outside the governor’s mansion.Hide Caption 5 of 36Protesters run away from tear gas near the governor's mansion. Protesters run away from tear gas near the governor's mansion. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoProtesters run away from tear gas near the governor’s mansion. Hide Caption 6 of 36A line of police moves toward demonstrators.A line of police moves toward demonstrators. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoA line of police moves toward demonstrators.Hide Caption 7 of 36A woman confronts police in riot gear.A woman confronts police in riot gear. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoA woman confronts police in riot gear.Hide Caption 8 of 36Protesters disperse in a cloud of tear gas.Protesters disperse in a cloud of tear gas. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoProtesters disperse in a cloud of tear gas.Hide Caption 9 of 36People hold up their phones during the rally outside the governor's mansion.People hold up their phones during the rally outside the governor's mansion. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoPeople hold up their phones during the rally outside the governor’s mansion.Hide Caption 10 of 36Protesters demonstrate near a police  barricade set up along a street leading to the governor's mansion.Protesters demonstrate near a police  barricade set up along a street leading to the governor's mansion. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoProtesters demonstrate near a police barricade set up along a street leading to the governor’s mansion.Hide Caption 11 of 36This aerial view, taken from a drone, shows protesters on the Expreso Las Americas highway on Monday.This aerial view, taken from a drone, shows protesters on the Expreso Las Americas highway on Monday. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoThis aerial view, taken from a drone, shows protesters on the Expreso Las Americas highway on Monday.Hide Caption 12 of 36People join the rally against Rosselló on Monday.People join the rally against Rosselló on Monday. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoPeople join the rally against Rosselló on Monday.Hide Caption 13 of 36A masked man protests in San Juan.A masked man protests in San Juan. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoA masked man protests in San Juan.Hide Caption 14 of 36Protesters block the way to Rosselló's residence on Monday.Protesters block the way to Rosselló's residence on Monday. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoProtesters block the way to Rosselló’s residence on Monday.Hide Caption 15 of 36Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin, waving a rainbow flag, joins the protests on Monday. Members of the group chat that Rosselló took part in made vulgar references to the star's sexuality.Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin, waving a rainbow flag, joins the protests on Monday. Members of the group chat that Rosselló took part in made vulgar references to the star's sexuality. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoPuerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin, waving a rainbow flag, joins the protests on Monday. Members of the group chat that Rosselló took part in made vulgar references to the star’s sexuality.Hide Caption 16 of 36Puerto Ricans in San Juan demand Rosselló's resignation on Monday.Puerto Ricans in San Juan demand Rosselló's resignation on Monday. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoPuerto Ricans in San Juan demand Rosselló’s resignation on Monday.Hide Caption 17 of 36Protesters attach a banner to a highway sign.Protesters attach a banner to a highway sign. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoProtesters attach a banner to a highway sign.Hide Caption 18 of 36Singer Daddy Yankee, in the flag shirt, attends the rally on Monday.Singer Daddy Yankee, in the flag shirt, attends the rally on Monday. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoSinger Daddy Yankee, in the flag shirt, attends the rally on Monday.Hide Caption 19 of 36A woman is assisted in the streets after demonstrators clashed with police on Wednesday, July 17.A woman is assisted in the streets after demonstrators clashed with police on Wednesday, July 17. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoA woman is assisted in the streets after demonstrators clashed with police on Wednesday, July 17.Hide Caption 20 of 36Police fire tear gas at demonstrators on July 17.Police fire tear gas at demonstrators on July 17. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoPolice fire tear gas at demonstrators on July 17.Hide Caption 21 of 36Police officers search the bag of a detained demonstrator on July 17.Police officers search the bag of a detained demonstrator on July 17. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoPolice officers search the bag of a detained demonstrator on July 17.Hide Caption 22 of 36Rosselló defended the actions of police and accused protesters of unleashing tear gas and setting fires during demonstrations.Rosselló defended the actions of police and accused protesters of unleashing tear gas and setting fires during demonstrations. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoRosselló defended the actions of police and accused protesters of unleashing tear gas and setting fires during demonstrations.Hide Caption 23 of 36Thousands of demonstrators protest in front of the governor's mansion on July 17.Thousands of demonstrators protest in front of the governor's mansion on July 17. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoThousands of demonstrators protest in front of the governor’s mansion on July 17.Hide Caption 24 of 36A protester reacts after being sprayed by tear gas in San Juan.A protester reacts after being sprayed by tear gas in San Juan. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoA protester reacts after being sprayed by tear gas in San Juan.Hide Caption 25 of 36Rapper Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, known by his stage name Bad Bunny, holds a Puerto Rican flag before a march on July 17.Rapper Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, known by his stage name Bad Bunny, holds a Puerto Rican flag before a march on July 17. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoRapper Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, known by his stage name Bad Bunny, holds a Puerto Rican flag before a march on July 17.Hide Caption 26 of 36Ricky Martin holds a microphone during the march on July 17. At right is rapper Rene Perez, aka Residente.Ricky Martin holds a microphone during the march on July 17. At right is rapper Rene Perez, aka Residente. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoRicky Martin holds a microphone during the march on July 17. At right is rapper Rene Perez, aka Residente.Hide Caption 27 of 36People gather to demand Rosselló's resignation on July 17.People gather to demand Rosselló's resignation on July 17. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoPeople gather to demand Rosselló’s resignation on July 17.Hide Caption 28 of 36Police block the street leading to the governor's mansion on Tuesday, July 16. Police block the street leading to the governor's mansion on Tuesday, July 16. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoPolice block the street leading to the governor’s mansion on Tuesday, July 16. Hide Caption 29 of 36Rosselló attends a news conference in San Juan on July 16.Rosselló attends a news conference in San Juan on July 16. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoRosselló attends a news conference in San Juan on July 16.Hide Caption 30 of 36Protesters gather near the executive mansion on Monday, July 15.Protesters gather near the executive mansion on Monday, July 15. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoProtesters gather near the executive mansion on Monday, July 15.Hide Caption 31 of 36Demonstrators cover their mouths with duct tape that says "resignation" in Spanish.Demonstrators cover their mouths with duct tape that says "resignation" in Spanish. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoDemonstrators cover their mouths with duct tape that says “resignation” in Spanish.Hide Caption 32 of 36Protesters take to the streets of San Juan on July 15.Protesters take to the streets of San Juan on July 15. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoProtesters take to the streets of San Juan on July 15.Hide Caption 33 of 36A police officer blocks protesters from reaching the governor's residence on Sunday, July 14.A police officer blocks protesters from reaching the governor's residence on Sunday, July 14. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoA police officer blocks protesters from reaching the governor’s residence on Sunday, July 14.Hide Caption 34 of 36Police block the street leading to the governor's mansion on July 14.Police block the street leading to the governor's mansion on July 14. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoPolice block the street leading to the governor’s mansion on July 14.Hide Caption 35 of 36Demonstrators hold signs that say "Corruption is violence" and "Ricky resign" while protesting near the executive mansion on Thursday, July 11.Demonstrators hold signs that say "Corruption is violence" and "Ricky resign" while protesting near the executive mansion on Thursday, July 11. Photos: In pictures: Massive protests in Puerto RicoDemonstrators hold signs that say “Corruption is violence” and “Ricky resign” while protesting near the executive mansion on Thursday, July 11.Hide Caption 36 of 3601 cnn puerto rico 072403 puerto rico 0723bpt106 Puerto Rico protests 0723201918 puerto rico protest 072201 puerto rico 0723bpt101 puerto rico protests 07232019bpt104 Puerto RIco protests 0723201914 puerto rico protest 072216 puerto rico protest 072213 puerto rico protest 072212 puerto rico protest 072206 Puerto Rico protestbpt101 Puerto Rico protests 0722201907 puerto rico 072208 Puerto Rico protest11 Puerto Rico protestbpt104 Puerto Rico protests 0722201907 Puerto Rico protest10 Puerto Rico protest02 Puerto Rico Protests 071802 pr protest gallery03 pr protest gallery RESTRICTED04 pr protest gallery05 pr protest gallery06 pr protest gallery07 pr protest gallery08 pr protest gallery09 pr protest gallery11 pr protest gallery12 pr protest gallery13 pr protest gallery03 Puerto Rico Governor protests 0715 RESTRICTED14 pr protest gallery RESTRICTED15 pr protest gallery16 pr protest gallery17 pr protest galleryMany Puerto Ricans have lost confidence in the governor’s pro-statehood New Progressive Party and the Popular Democratic Party, which supports the current commonwealth status.”Rosselló is a symptom of a much deeper problem,” said Cynthia García Coll, a psychologist who teaches at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras.For Rosselló’s successor, it will not be business as usual on the island. “Before people would sit and watch TV and complain or do nothing,” said García Coll, who is active in a community organizing group made up mostly of artists and writers. “People are not sitting in front of their TVs anymore. That’s the difference. I call it a peaceful revolution.” Puerto Ricans have been hit by a hurricane, corruption and a leader's crude insults. They're fighting back Puerto Ricans have been hit by a hurricane, corruption and a leader's crude insults. They're fighting back Puerto Ricans have been hit by a hurricane, corruption and a leader's crude insults. They're fighting back Earlier on Wednesday, Rep. Jose Melendez, a member of the governor’s New Progressive Party said legislators were planning to begin the impeachment process if there were “illegal acts in the chats.”A team of legal experts was commissioned last week by Speaker of the House Carlos Johnny Méndez to review messages from the governor’s group chat and determine whether any crimes were committed. Edgardo Roman Espada, president of the Puerto Rico Bar Association, said the trio of experts said in a report that there was evidence of five possible crimes including, illegal misuse of public office for personal gain, embezzlement, negligence as pertaining to fulfilling the duties of public office and violations of the government ethics law.

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