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Dubious distinction: Afghanistan 3rd most corrupt country

Dubious distinction: Afghanistan 3rd most corrupt country

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Jan 27, 2016 - 13:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): In the Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index for 2015, Afghanistaninfo-icon has been listed the third most corrupt country in the worldinfo-icon.

Millions of dollars that should have been spent on Afghanistan’s reconstructioninfo-icon have been wasted or stolen, seriously undermining efforts to restore peace, the organisation said on Wednesday.

In its report, the influential global watchdog alleged hat child labour remained a sad reality in an environmentinfo-icon where citizens were trapped in poverty while corrupt officials were paid off.

Human trafficking, child mortality, poor educationinfo-icon standards, environmental destruction and terrorism were identified as other causes of the devastation fuelled by corruption.

“The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index clearly shows that corruption remains a blight around the world. But 2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption,” said Transparency International chairperson.

Jose Ugaz remarked: “Corruption can be beaten if we work together. To stamp out the abuse of power, bribery and shed light on secret deals, citizens must together tell their governments they have had enough.”

Overall, two-thirds of the 168 countries on the 2015 index scored below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).

In 2015, Afghanistan did better than North Korea and Somalia -- the worst performers. Denmark took the top spot for the second year running. The big decliners in the past 4 years include Libya, Australia, Brazil, Spain and Turkey.

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