Iraq Improves Rank in Corruption Index

Iraq has improved its position in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index from 4th worst to joint 8th worst.

This places it ahead of Somalia, North Korea, Burma (Myanmar), Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Sudan, and on a par with Haiti.

The improvement is to praised, but being behind countries such as Venezuela, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zimbabwe, is hardly cause for celebration.

Rahim Hassan al-Uqailee [Judge Rahim al-Akili; al-Ugeily], stepped down as head of Iraq’s Integrity Commission in September, sharply criticising interference in his inquiries, and saying he had lost political support for his anti-corruption efforts since the beginning of the year.


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