Here's a translation of the original story, from the Spanish: Mark Sanford has proposed to (Maria) Belén Chapur. The scandalous love story, which was involuntarily made public in the middle of 2009, thus will have a dream ending for the former governor of South Carolina. Sanford and Chapur were engaged last Wednesday, at noon, in the Palermo restaurant Bella Italia Grill. The place is a favorite of the former journalist and Bunge & Born executive. He arrived early and staged a scene from a novel: he gave a bag with the ring to one of the waiters, asked him to come up with a good story for his girlfriend and hid in the disabled restroom to wait for over an hour. When Chapur arrived, the waiter met her and announced that she had won "a prize" for being the 100th client of the day. She opened the bag and found the ring. She was confused. Sanford appeared and made his declaration of love. What followed was a long series of kisses, tears and emotions. There were sentimental words and promises of eternity. More than three years earlier, between June 18 and 24, 2009, the two were the protagonists in an explosive story of infidelity that had traveled the world. In those days, Sanford, a rising figure in the Republican Party, governor of South Carolina, married and with four children, had disappeared to meet in Argentina with his beautiful lover. No one, not even his escort, could follow him. Six days after his escape he was found in the Atlanta airport, returning from Buenos Aires. Hours later he held a press conference admitting his infidelity. The scandal ended his marriage and his presidential aspirations: until that moment, the governor was one of the most serious candidates from his party; which now applies to Mitt Romney. Sanford and Chapur had met on the beaches of Uruguay during 2001, but began their romantic relationship in 2004. It became serious in 2008. Now they will marry.
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