Associated Press
April 23, 2013

Paraguay's president-elect, Horacio Cartes, said Monday that he'll urge Congress to approve Venezuela's entry into Mercosur, and he apologized for making anti-gay comments during the campaign. A millionaire businessman, Cartes said he transferred his interests in his dozens of companies before the campaign began to avoid conflicts of interests after he takes office Aug. 15. Cartes said his sister Sarah now runs the family's businesses, which include vast plantations of soy, tobacco and ranching to a soft drink distributor, Paraguay's Banco Amambay and the nation's championship football team, Libertad.