Article from Mexican Labor News & Analysis
Published by UE International.

Date published: July, 2016

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President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose term in office has seen one scandal after another, now faces another: plagiarism. The highly respected journalist Carmen Aristegui reported that a group of academics had analyzed the president’s law school thesis and found that he had plagiarized 29% of it. Some 20 paragraphs, she reported were taken verbatim from a book by former Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid.

Peña Nieto thesis, titled “Mexican Presidentialism and Álvaro Obregón” was submitted to the law school of Panamerican University in 1991.

The plagiarism accusation comes at a particularly relevant and embarrassing moment as Peña Nieto is attempting to implement his Education Reform Law and impose professional standards on teachers. The president, who apparently has no academic integrity in his own history, has little moral authority with which to impose it on others.

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