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Robert Alvarez of The World Affairs Council of Puerto Rico, says citizens want to move forward for relationship between U.S. and the island commonwealth

11:33 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)--  There is a new contender in the fight for statehood. Now the commonwealth of Puerto Rico is joining the District of Columbia in a fight to become this country's 51st state. 

For the first time in history, the people of the Island have voted for statehood. Tuesday's vote passed 54-46 percent. 

Robert Alvarez, the executive director of The World Affairs Council of Puerto Rico, says the people on the island have spoken. 

Alvarez said, "It's more of the resident, the American citizens of Puerto Rico telling congress 'we don't like what we have. We need to start talking about what we're going to do moving forward for the relationships between the U.S and the island."

D.C.'s mayor Vincent Gray is applauding the Puerto Rican efforts, but, as you would imagine, he wants the District to be the 51st state before anyone else. 

Mayor Gray said, "We're glad that they've stepped up. We''ll be glad to join forces and make a case as to why both of us should be states."

Congress will have the final say, but President Obama has already pledged his support, saying he will respect the will of the people.

Currently, Puerto Ricans are considered American citizens who cannot vote for a U.S. president.

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