- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Providence City Council will still consider changing its rules to allow for the removal of the president after the council’s indicted leader stepped down last week.

The proposal would allow for a two-thirds council vote to permanently remove a president. Acting President Sabina Matos tells WPRI-TV the council will send it to a committee rather than vote on the matter Monday.

Former President Luis Aponte resigned from the position on Friday, saying it was in the best interest of his constituents. He remains a member of the council.

Aponte was charged this month with embezzlement and misusing campaign funds. The Democrat pleaded not guilty.

The resignation came after council members called for the special meeting to consider changing its rules to allow for Aponte’s removal.

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