MASTERGATE SCANDAL: Spain’s health minister resigns after university degree scandal

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OUT: Carmen Montón has resigned from the government. Photo credit: Twitter/@carmenmonton

SPAIN’S Minister of Health, Carmen Montón has left her position following irregularities found in her Master’s degree.

Montón made her resignation announcement last night (Tuesday) after a media storm detailed numerous irregularities in her degree in interdisciplinary gender studies from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

A Spanish newspaper began an investigation into Master’s degree corruption surrounding King Juan Carlos University following the recent scandal involving Cristina Cifuentes.

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The digging showed multiple discrepancies regarding Montón’s time at the university, her registered attendance and the marks awarded during her degree at King Juan Carlos did not always correlate.

Further digging showed how Montón ‘copy and pasted’ large sections of Wikipedia and other factual sites for her final paper, in other words plagiarism.

Montón professed her innocence originally, claiming she had been “transparent and honest” regarding her master’s degree.

“We’re not all the same,” claimed Montón, heavily implying her case was not like that of former member of the opposing Partido Popular(PP), Cristina Cifuentes.

Cifuentes resigned in April after footage taken seven years ago of her stealing face cream was leaked.  She too, however, was entangled in a media storm regarding the validity of her master’s degree which she too was awarded by King Juan Carlos University.

Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, gave his thanks to Carmen Montón in a tweet praising the impact she had made during the PSOE’s first 100 days in office, “you have restored universal healthcare in our country and you’ve worked tirelessly to return and increase rights”.

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