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‘Mexican president plagiarized in thesis’

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s alma mater said Monday he had plagiarized parts of his law school thesis, confirming an investigative news site’s report last week.

Mexico’s Panamerican University said it had reviewed the president’s 25-year-old thesis and found five types of “treatment of the ideas of others.” They included “textual reproductions of citations without footnotes or mention in the bibliography,” it said in a statement.

In other cases, Peña Nieto reproduced passages from works referenced in his bibliography without indicating they were citations, or “ambiguously or imprecisely” credited the author, it said. The assessment came after the website Aristegui Noticias concluded that 197 of the 682 paragraphs in Peña Nieto’s thesis were plagiarized, based on analysis and speaking with professors.

The university said there was nothing it could do as the plagiarism happened years ago and its code of conduct did not apply to former students. However, it has consulted the country’s largest university, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), on how to proceed in the “unprecedented” case, it said.