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Ex-SC governor, Argentine lover hit Uruguay resort

Jan 27, 2011 9:41:00 AM - thestate.com
A week after divorced South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford left office, he and his Argentine lover he called his "soul mate" were spotted frolicking on the beach in the same resort where their romance began.

The Argentine celebrity magazine "Caras," or Faces, published an eight-page spread on Sanford's romantic encounter last week with Maria Belen Chapur, at Punta del Este, Uruguay, a gathering spot for the rich and famous, celebrities and wanna-bes. Paparazzi photos taken from a distance clearly show the couple enjoying themselves - walking hand-in-hand, digging out a spot in the sand together and eating at a beachfront table at a restaurant in the resort.

The affair the 50-year-old Sanford revealed in June 2009 after he disappeared from his state to be with Chapur in Argentina derailed the Republican's once-promising political career and disintegrated his marriage to Jenny Sanford. The couple, who has four sons, soon divorced.

Sanford gave way to his successor Nikki Haley on Jan. 12, surviving the rest of his term despite lawmakers' calls for him to step down, claiming he had embarrassed the state.

According to the magazine, Sanford arrived in Uruguay on Jan. 17 and stayed for six days at the resort with Chapur, driving around in her gray Peugeot to the neighborhood where they met years ago and lunching in the center of town. They also hit the beach, the magazine said, at "a lovely spot way from the jet set and paparazzi circuit."

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