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Former Miss Universe Gets Married

April 3, 1999

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) _ Irene Saez, the former Miss Universe who was elected governor of the tourist island of Margarita last month, has married a Venezuelan lawyer in a secret ceremony in Atlanta.

In a television interview Saturday, Saez, 37, confirmed she tied the knot with Venezuelan lawyer Humberto Briceno.

``From now on we begin a new life, a life in family,″ she told the Globovision TV network.

Local newspapers said the 1981 Miss Universe escaped the glare of publicity by holding an intimate, secret ceremony last Wednesday.

Saez, who earned a reputation as an able administrator when she was mayor of an affluent Caracas municipality, made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency last December.

She was elected governor of Nueva Esparta state, where Margarita is located, in March after the incumbent governor died.

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