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Madonna awarded adoption rights to Mercy James

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Tbd-madonna061509 We warned you it would happen, and it has. Madonna has won the right to acquire another accessory baby, 3-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James, the AP reports. Now she has a matching set!

Malawi's highest court overruled a lower court on Friday and said that an old law that requires prospective adoptive parents must live in the country for 18 months prior to being awarded custody is outdated.

"I am ecstatic," Madonna said in a statement. "My family and I look forward to sharing our lives with her."

Madonna's lawyer Alan Chinula said he would now arrange a passport for Chifundo, which could take several days, and was awaiting word from Madonna on travel plans for the girl. We suspect the first stop on a worldwide showoff tour will be to London to show Guy Ritchie.

[Photo: Getty Images]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:40am]

    

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