7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

Iraq most corrupt Mideast nation

LONDON: Iraq scored 2.2 marks out of 10 to become the most corrupt country in the Middle East, a report published today said.

Bangladesh and Chad are among the most corrupt countries in the world, rife with bribery and nepotism which condemns millions of people to poverty.

The two states came bottom in Transparency International's (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index for 2005, which drew on 16 surveys from 10 independent institutions to produce a "poll of polls" on corruption levels in 159 countries.

Russia, a member of the Group of 8 leading industrial powers, was perceived to be as corrupt as Niger and Sierra Leone, while Turkmenistan, with one of the most authoritarian governments in central Asia, slipped into the bottom five. Iceland scored 9.7 to top the least corrupt nations' list, which awards marks out of 10 to each country, displacing last year's winner Finland. The US scored 7.6, making it 17th in the list. While TI says the index deals only with perceptions of graft rather than actual proof.

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