- Associated Press - Monday, May 15, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence city councilors have approved a vote of no confidence in the council president after he was charged with embezzlement and misusing campaign finance funds.

Twelve councilors approved the vote Monday and are requesting that Luis Aponte resign from his position. Aponte was present. He and another councilor voted against and abstained, respectively.

Aponte pleaded not guilty to felony charges last week after he was indicted by a statewide grand jury.

Aponte said Monday that he is innocent until proven guilty and has no plans to step down from his post.

The Democrat is the second council member to be indicted in a year. Voters in Councilman Kevin Jackson’s ward recently recalled him from office after he was indicted on embezzlement charges. Jackson has maintained his innocence.

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