Mexican President Peña Nieto Accused Of Plagiarizing His Law Thesis

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Enrique Peña Nieto, current president of Mexico, is confronting claims he plagiarized large portions of his law degree thesis.

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According to a report by Aristegui Noticias, nearly 29 percent of his total thesis was lifted from other works without proper citation. To put that number into context, the amount he plagiarized is higher than his current approval rating, which is a paltry 23 percent.

The thesis, titled “Mexican Presidentialism and Alvaro Obregon,” apparently repurposed several passages from a variety of authors, including President Miguel de la Madrid, who was Mexico’s 52nd president in the 1980s.

His already embarrassingly low approval rating is probably why this latest controversy will likely have no affect on his reputation.

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People already expect the worst of Peña Nieto. Since taking office, the Mexican president has weathered his share of scandals and public blunders. He’s basically admitted he rarely reads, he and his wife have had dubious contract negotiations, and his inaction in the case of 43 missing Ayotzinapa students has led to widespread criticism. His old school sexism is just the cherry on top — so this kind of behavior is almost expected of him at this point. His gaffes are so frequent that they’ve become a national joke.

There’s even a website devoted to the current number of days Enrique has gone since his last public mistake.

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The most alarming thing here is that Enrique is a real-life president of an actual country.

Watch a report from Aristegui Noticias here:

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