Enrique Peña Nieto Plagiarism: Mexican President Cheated, Law Thesis Plagiarized?

Enrique Peña Nieto Plagiarism: Mexican President Cheated, Law Thesis Plagiarized?
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Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto is now in hot water after a local news outlet claimed he plagiarized almost 29 percent of his law thesis. A government spokesman has denied the accusations stating that “style errors” as the reason for failing to acknowledge his sources.


A report claimed that 197 of 682 paragraphs from the thesis titled Mexican Presidentialism and Alvaro Obregón were copied from other authors. These ranged from Mexican historian Enrique Krauze to Linda Hall a University of New Mexico academic.

President Enrique Peña Nieto Plagiarized To Pass?

According to the Yucatan Times, the paragraphs in question were not in quotation marks. Some of the original authors were also not cited in the thesis’ bibliography. Peña Nieto graduated from Mexico’s private Universidad Panamericana.

The website that aired the accusation is run by a journalist named Carmen Aristegui, someone who Nieto previously crossed paths with. Aristegui reported back in 2014 that the Mexican president’s wife was buying a house with financing from a government contractor.

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The so-called “White House” scandal upset so many Mexicans that Peña Nieto’s wife eventually gave up the house. As for Aristegui, the report ultimately cost her her job at the radio station she worked for.

According to the Guardian, a poll by the national newspaper Reforma revealed Peña Nieto’s approval to be 23 percent. This is the lowest rating for a president since the survey began more than two decades ago.

This news of plagiarism should not have been a surprise for many if they will look back at the Mexican election in 2011. When asked to name three books that influenced him, he managed to say the Bible. After which he struggled through other mismatched authors and titles.

Enrique Peña Nieto has received quite the attention after standing up to Donald Trump and his plans to build a wall at the border. The Mexican president also made it clear to the Republican nominee that Mexico will never pay for a wall.

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