Paraguay leader admits paternity

Fernando Lugo admits liaison while still serving as a Roman Catholic bishop.

    Lugo, left, won the Paraguayan
    presidency last April [EPA]

    Election win

    Lugo resigned as bishop of Paraguay's central San Pedro province in 2004 after administering there for 10 years.

    He announced two years later that he was renouncing the status of bishop to run for president.

    He won the presidency last April as head of a left-leaning coalition that ended more than 60 years of one-party rule in the poor South American country.

    But the Catholic church initially rejected his application for layman's status, changing its mind and relieving him of his vows of chastity only after he won elections last year.

    The lawsuit indicated that Lugo and the child's mother met when he was bishop in San Pedro and that he stayed in the house of her godmother.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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