18 Oct 2011

Report Shows Alarming Picture of Corruption in Iraq

The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) published yesterday a report about the political situation in Iraq in recent years. The assessment shows that, although the current government has managed to reduce violence in the country, it has contributed to increased and widespread corruption.

According to the document, public services are characterized by deep-rooted corruption and anti-corruption institutions in the country are pray to political interference and manipulation. Additionally, the Judiciary is also portrayed as vulnerable to political pressure. The report refers to common cases of embezzlement, bribery and nepotism as well.

The analysis by ICG also emphasizes the negative impact of the situation in hampering growth and development. The policy recommendations stated in the report include a stronger anti-corruption framework, disclosure requirements for political party financing and reforms to the legislative process.

For the full article on thenational.ae, please click here. The picture above is also featured in the article and is credited to Agence France-Presse (AFP).