Mexican President Pena Nieto accused of plagiarism in thesis

2016-08-22 22:37
Enrique Pena Nieto (AP).

Enrique Pena Nieto (AP).

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Mexico City — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto heavily plagiarised the thesis for his law degree, according to an investigation by a local news outlet.

Aristegui Noticias on Sunday published an online report based on an analysis of the embattled president's thesis by a group of academics, which it said was then corroborated by the news outlet.

It said 29% of the thesis was material lifted from other works, including 20 paragraphs copied word-for-word from a book written by former President Miguel de la Madrid without citation or mention in the bibliography.

A spokesperson for Pena Nieto responded on Sunday that the president had completed all requirements for his law degree and downplayed the relevance of "style errors" in academic work done 25 years earlier.

Pena Nieto did not mention the controversy on Monday as he spoke in front of students at his old elementary school in Toluca to inaugurate the first day of the new school year on Monday,.

The thesis titled Mexican Presidentialism and Alvaro Obregon was submitted in 1991 to the Panamerican University.

It's not the first time that Pena Nieto's academic rigor has been called into question.

When he was a candidate for the presidency in 2011, Pena Nieto stumbled when asked to name three books that influenced him. He managed the Bible, before fumbling through other mismatched authors and titles.

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