The Uruguayan environment minister lied about a university degree he does not have and could leave the government
Adrián Peña maintained for a long time that he had a degree in Business Administration. But the Catholic University of Uruguay reported that it has not yet been received
The Minister of Environment, he assured that he had the support of President Luis Lacalle Pou regarding his “mistake” in claiming a degree in Business Administration.
The Uruguayan Minister of the Environment, Adrián Peña, said for several years that he had a degree in Business Administration and even “used” his alleged title to support opinions in different fields politicians. However, as reported by Search, the hierarch had not yet been received. Both when he was a legislator in the past period, in his appearances in the Uruguayan Parliament and in press releases, he affirmed from his own mouth that being licensed gave him knowledge to make some decisions.
Everything began to get more complicated this Monday, since the minister would have lyed again, implying that in 2022 he graduated, but the Catholic University of Uruguay reported in the last few hours that the minister has not yet been received. In other words, Minister Peña would not have completed his studies and would not have a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, despite the fact that he stated otherwise a few days ago.
Peña had claimed to have the backing of President Luis Lacalle Pou regarding his “mistake” in claiming a degree in Business Administration, but the meeting they held was previous to this last information that was known by the University.
The Catholic University investigate whether Peña finished his studies or if he is missing a six-month course.
There are two important elements to point out: Peña never needed a university degree for the positions he held and the one he holds now. Although in a middle note The DailyHe said that he had the capacity to face the organization of a new ministry because he had a degree in Business Administration. When he could simply have limited himself to saying that he had the knowledge of the race.
The other element to be able to understand why he is in the eye of the political storm Uruguayan is that Peña belongs to the Colorado Party, and his sector criticized the actions of the former vice-chancellor, Carolina Ache Batlle, who resigned from her position due to the scandal of the passport delivered to the Uruguayan drug trafficker, Sebastián Marset.
It is defined if he continues in his position
Peña begins the week giving explanations to the inmate of his party. Today he will attend the Uruguayan Parliament to meet with the bench of his sector. There legislators hope to hear first-hand their version of events.
The Minister of Ambiente begins the week giving explanations to the Ciudadanos bench and attending the Ethics Commission of his party.
This Tuesday he will attend the Ethics Commission of the party In the red inmate, there are very tough positions about how to act because some members of his sector believe that he lied to the president.
Before it became known that he had a course left brief to carry out, the two-time Uruguayan president Julio María Sanguinetti declared the case closed and considered his explanations satisfactory. “What matters is that the title invoked exists, and that it is valid,” he told El País . But now it is not known if such a university degree exists or not.
Although he belongs to the Colorado Party, Peña is a man very close to Luis Lacalle Pou. The list of ministers who have left the Uruguayan president's cabinet could continue to grow. The situation of the environment minister is complex, not only because of the two episodes of lies that have been known to date, but also because of how he defended honesty as a fundamental value of Uruguayan politicians.
Now it remains to wait for the decision of his own party, and also that of the president of all Uruguayans. It is important to point out that as a legislator and claiming to have a degree, Peña was one of those who called for the full weight of the law to fall on former Uruguayan vice president Raúl Sendic, a member of the Broad Front b>. Who lied and sustained for months the farce of having a Cuban degree, of a career in genetic sciences that does not even exist or did exist in the Caribbean country, and handed in his resignation.