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Paraguay’s President Takes Paternity Test

ASUNCION – The president of Paraguay, former Catholic Bishop Fernando Lugo, had on Tuesday his first paternity test as ordered by a court following the scandals caused by the paternity suits that shook his government during his first year in office.

The 59-year-old Lugo, currently undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma, had his blood sample taken at the presidential residence of Mburuvicha Roga that was ordered on Aug. 10 by Judge Ana Ovelar.

At the same time blood samples were taken from the 3-year-old boy at the center of the issue as well as from his mother, Hortensia Moran, who says she became pregnant during an affair with Lugo while working for his election campaign.

The DNA analysis will be performed by three private laboratories in Asuncion and the results will not be known for two weeks, according to judicial authorities.

“The samples were taken in a completely normal way from Hortensia Moran, from the minor, as well as from the president,” Lugo’s attorney, Marcos Fariña, told reporters as he was leaving the presidential residence.

“We believe in the seriousness, the responsibility and above all in the honesty of the laboratories,” Moran, 40, director of a nursery school in the Asuncion suburb of Capiata, said.

Another woman who brought a paternity claim against Lugo, Benigna Leguizamon, 27, said this week that she will reactivate her case after complaining that the president did not keep the promises he made to her last year to settle the case.

Leguizamon, a woman of modest means who lives in Ciudad del Este, 330 kilometers (205 miles) from Asuncion, had told a story of seduction at a time when she was employed doing cleaning chores for the Diocese of San Pedro, where Lugo served as bishop.

She says Lugo is the father of her son, born Sept. 9, 2002.

The woman complained of delays in getting title to the house where she went to live after dropping her lawsuit.

The paternity scandals shook Lugo in April 2009, just one year after his electoral victory leading a broad coalition that put an end to the 61-year reign of the right-wing Colorado Party.

Those cases were encouraged by Lugo’s niece Mirtha Maidana, who says that the ex-bishop is the father of a 22-year-old woman, Fatima Rojas.

Lugo was photographed at Rojas’s November 2009 wedding, and she and her husband were among the small group of people who greeted the president Aug. 14 when he returned from his first chemotherapy treatment at a hospital in Brazil. EFE
 

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