Puerto Rico Voters Approve US Statehood Initiative

Puerto Rico’s Governor Showing His Ballot

For the first time, voters in Puerto Rico have approved a ballot initiative calling for statehood, a process that can only be completed by the US Congress.

US President Barack Obama has said he would support the will of the Puerto Rican people on statehood.

According to the Associated Press, 900,000 Puerto Rican voters or 54 percent said they were not happy with the current status.

In the follow-up question, nearly 800,000 or 61 percent chose statehood as their preferred option, 437,000 picked sovereign free association and 72,560 selected independence. Roughly 500,000 people left the question blank.

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