Mark Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur: Engaged!

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Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford confirmed on Sunday that he is engaged to marry his now-infamous Argentine girlfriend, Maria Belen Chapur.

"Yes, it's true and I stand by my statement," Sanford told Reuters.

Sanford was referring to a statement given to CNN in which he said, "Yes, we are engaged, and I'm both happy and excited for what that means."

Sanford, Chapur

"I have long expressed my feelings for her, she's a wonderful person. My closest friends love her, and I look forward to introducing her to still many more."

Back in the summer of 2009, then-Governor Sanford disappeared to visit his mistress in Argentina for a week. Aides said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

When Sanford returned, he gave a tearful, State House press conference admitting he had been unfaithful to his wife and calling Chapur his "soul mate."

He served out the rest of his term until January 2011. Sanford and his wife, Jenny Sanford, were divorced in 2010. They have four children together.

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