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03/07/2013 08:16 am ET Updated Mar 07, 2013

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's Official Photo Costs $29,000, Sparking Outrage

Mexicans are outraged over the cost of President Enrique Peña Nieto's official photo, HuffPost Voces reports.

The image, published Tuesday on the website for the presidency and on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, cost a whopping 376,420 pesos -- or about $29,000 U.S. dollars. That's pretty insulting in a country where the minimum wage barely tops U.S. $150 per month.

Here's what the $29,000 photo looks like. Story continues below.

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The photo's price was published by the Federal Institute of Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI, in Spanish), which said the Mexican federal government dished out the money to a photographer named Hector Armando Herrera Peralta for a bill titled "service for photographic session."

Herrera Peralta isn't new to the official photography game. According to Mexican daily Milenio, he also took the official photos for former presidents Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón. News website Animal Polí­tico reports that the photographer, who has also shot prominent businessmen, charged Calderón some 234,000 pesos for his official photo when he took office in 2006.

Outraged Mexicans took to Twitter to air their grievances.

Check out their reactions in the slideshow below and let us know in the comments whether you think this photo is worth $29,000.

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