Puerto Rico And Its Present Form Of Territorial Status

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Progression of a nation, the dream of every elected official and citizen of any country is seen as right for the pursuit of a sustainable nation. However, Puerto Rico has not moved forward since being ruled by the Spaniards. After the Spanish American war in 1898, the US gained control of Puerto Rico and it was back to page one. Puerto Rico has been called a territory, the last colony, and some officials call it Estado liberated Asociado, in English a Free Associated State. They are not considered part of the United States even though they are given citizenship. Puerto Rico has not progressed since they do not have their own legislature, and an appointed official from the United States would decide its approval. In the 2012 election Puerto Rico had these two questions on their ballot and had a decision to make. The first question stated, “Do you agree that Puerto Rico should continue to have its present form of territorial status.” While the second question asked, “Please mark which of the following on-territorial options would you prefers.” However, no true majority according to the ballot counters. The decision of where the country would be headed ended in an awkward position. Since by the numbers sixty one percent voted for statehood, although it did not include the 500,000 ballots that were left blank. Once the null ballot added up it became forty six percent statehood and commonwealth about forty five percent, which was viewed as no solution. As 2016 approaches the

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