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Argentinian newspaper Clarín reported on Friday that Mark Sanford proposed to girlfriend Maria Belen Chapur.

Here is an excerpt of the proposal itself (via Google translate):

Sanford and Chapur became engaged last Wednesday, at noon, in the Palermo restaurant Bella Italia Grill. The place is a favorite of the former journalist and executive of Bunge and Born. He arrived early and put together a scene from novel gave him a bag with the ring to one of the waiters asked to invent a good story for his girlfriend and barricaded himself in the bathroom for the disabled to wait for over an hour.

When it came Chapur, the waiter came and announced that he had won “a prize” for being the client 100 that day. She opened the bag and found the ring. She was taken aback. Only then appeared Sanford and clarified its statement of love.

What followed was a long moment of kisses, tears and emotions. There were heartfelt words and promises of eternity.

CNN later picked it up and confirmed the story as well as getting some exclusive photos from “a source close to Sanford”. He confirmed the proposal, saying:

“Yes, we are engaged, and I’m both happy and excited for what that means,” Sanford said in the statement. “I have long expressed my feelings for her, she’s a wonderful person. My closest friends have met and love her, and I look forward to introducing her to still many more that have yet to do so.”