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Mexico’s philandering front-runner advertises adultery

Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto has become the unwitting poster boy for a website promoting adultery.

A new Mexican billboard by ashleymadison.com, a Canadian-owned website that helps married people arrange affairs, shows Mr. Pena Nieto with an index finger over his lips in a hushing gesture.

Next to him are the words: "Unfaithful to his family. Faithful and committed to his country."

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Mr. Pena Nieto, candidate of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has said he fathered two children out of wedlock by different women while married to his first wife.

The billboard, mounted above a busy avenue in Mexico City, shows the 45-year-old with bright red lipstick on his collar. His campaign had no immediate comment on the advertisement.

Ricardo Castaneda, Ashley Madison's representative in Mexico, said the billboard was put up in the capital this week and that others are planned for the cities of Monterrey and Guadalajara.

The masthead on the company's website reads, "Life is short. Have an affair," and Mr. Castaneda said the service has acquired 300,000 users since opening for business in Mexico in November, making it Ashley Madison's fastest-growing market.

Mr. Pena Nieto's looks have made him popular among women, who make up a majority of eligible voters in Mexico. He is often mobbed by screaming female followers while campaigning.

His first wife, who died in 2007, bore him three children. He is now married to a popular soap opera star and is the favourite to win the July 1 presidential election.

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