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Puerto Rico Senate disses English, passes measure making Spanish ‘first official’ language | Fox News Latino

The Puerto Rican Senate approved a bill Thursday declaring Spanish as the first official language of the country, relegating English to second place.

Bill 1177, introduced in August 2014 by Antonio Fas Alzamora, ex-president of the ruling Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, had fallen into oblivion until June when it was put to a voice vote but rejected.

However, an agreement was reached on reconsidering the bill, which was finally approved Thursday without any prior discussion, with support from an overwhelming majority of ruling party senators.

The bill proposes to establish Spanish as the first official language, making its use compulsory in executive, legislative and judicial matters, and thus reversing the 1993 law that put both languages on an equal footing.

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