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LE SOIR (Belgium)

MONS – Rock stars aren't the only ones with groupies – bow-tied prime ministers have some too. During local celebrations last Friday, Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo was targeted by just such a super-fan. While the professorial PM was posing with Socialist Party supporters, a young woman pounced on him and kissed him ... passionately ... on the lips!

Photographer Philippe Bourguet, who snapped the picture that went viral in Belgium (see below), saw it this way: She kissed him and "embraced him for a while – for almost five minutes. She couldn't stop repeating ‘Elio, I'm in love with you"," Belgium newspaper Le Soir reports.

But Karin Wauters, the woman in question, has another version. She said she has known Di Rupo since she was a little girl. "This was a friendly kiss and that's all. I have a lot of respect for Elio," she declared.

All's fair, it seems, in love and politics....

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