Then, on the same ballot, they were asked which, irrespective of the that they had answered the previous question, choose between annexation, independence or free associated sovereign State. A binding query was not after his victory on Tuesday, the President-elect Garcia Padilla said he will address the issue, without giving more clues, although it faces the dilemma to meet the wish expressed in the consultation by the population and maintain the tenets of his party, favourable to the current model because it believes that it helps keep the Puerto Rican identity. The result of the query, without legal and convened unilaterally by Fortuno, who aspired to run for reelection, is a message to Washington in favor of ending more than one century of colonial rule. The victory of the no is a personal triumph for the outgoing Fortuno, President of the new progressive party (PNP), training that for decades has advocated the annexation of the island to USA. In addition, the result breaks a trend to the inertia that goes back to 1967, when it were consulted for the first time on the matter and won with the 60.4% of the vote the Commonwealth option promoted by the PPD, compared with 48.6% did want to join United States. Similar queries, in 1993 and 1998, returned to confirm the tendency towards immobility of Puerto Ricans, who followed the theses of the PPD, whose founder, Luis Munoz Marin, negotiated in the 1950s with Washington the present status.
The arrival of millionaire social aid each year from EE UU to an island whose income is half that of the poorest State in the country’s North and the right to bear U.S. passport have remained satisfied Puerto Ricans for decades, since at the same time maintaining a distinctive identity. The ball into the roof of Washington the Executive must now wait to know what the Washington reaction to the result, although during these past four years Congress has ignored the annexationist claims of the Government of San Juan. In March 2010 the Working Group of the President Barack Obama was the first U.S. delegation moved to Puerto Rico for explore a solution to the question of sovereignty. The Puerto Rican Constitution, passed by Congress in Washington and in force since 28 July 1952, is subject to that camera, which also implies that the local Supreme Court decisions may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.UU. The Constitution defines the island as a free associated State, whose citizens have American citizenship since 1917 and enjoy administrative autonomy similar to that of other States in the North American country. EE UU decides which laws apply in Puerto Rico and what not, and its residents have no representation vote in the U.S. Congress.