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Paraguay president's second paternity claim dropped

Hortensia Moran
Hortensia Moran has a two-year old son

A woman who claimed Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo had fathered her child has withdrawn a paternity suit against him.

The case brought by Hortensia Damiana Moran was being dropped for "personal reasons", a judge said. Mr Lugo had agreed to take a DNA test in the case.

Another woman, Benigna Leguizamon, earlier dropped her claim against him.

The president, a former Roman Catholic priest, has admitted fathering a child with Viviana Carrillo.

A lawyer for Ms Moran told Nanduti radio she wanted to drop the claim because she was under stress, AP reported.

Mr Lugo's lawyer, Marcos Farina, was quoted as telling local media that the president "has no paternity claims against him at this time, but I have no information about whether any agreements were reached with the claimants".

The president shocked Paraguay last April when he acknowledged as his son a two-year-old boy conceived with Ms Carrillo while he was still a bishop.

The Pope released Mr Lugo from his vows of chastity in July 2008, two years after he renounced the priesthood.

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