Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers a speech during the welcoming ceremony in honour of Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove (out of frame) at the National Palace in Mexico City on August 1, 2016. Cosgrove arrived in Mexico on an official visit. / AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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By Mahita Gajanan
August 22, 2016

A new report by investigative journalists in Mexico alleges that president Enrique Peña Nieto plagiarized nearly a third of his 1991 undergraduate law thesis.

According to the report, nearly 197 of the 682 paragraphs that made up the 200-page thesis were lifted from writers and historians without citation. The website Aristegui Noticias, run by journalist Carmen Aristegui, published a video and accompanying article chronicling the instances of plagiarism in the thesis, entitled ‘Mexican Presidentialism and Alvaro Obregon.’

Government spokesman Eduardo Sanchez called the lack of citation “style errors” in a statement, Reuters reported. He said Peña Nieto met all the requirements to graduate from Panamerican University.

Aristegui has previously clashed with the Mexican government — her website broke the ‘Casa Blanca’ scandal in 2014 that revealed Peña Nieto’s wife was buying a luxury home from a government contractor.

Write to Mahita Gajanan at mahita.gajanan@time.com.

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