It’s depressing how many MENA countries make the world’s 10 most corrupt list

Published May 21st, 2015 - 04:56 GMT
Foreign involvement and internal turmoil has sent many of these MENA countries into a corruption black hole. (AFP/File)
Foreign involvement and internal turmoil has sent many of these MENA countries into a corruption black hole. (AFP/File)

According to a study of the world's most corrupt nations done by Transparency International last year, MENA's not looking so hot when it comes to government transparency. The study rates countries on a scale from 0, being the most corrupt, to 100, being the least. 

Business Cheat Sheet did a roundup of the world's worst ten. And guess how many MENA countries made it? Here's our list.

9) Libya, 18/100  — By now we know it well. Since the Arab Spring overthrow of its long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been torn apart by warring factions vying for control of a shaky interim government. So it's no surprise rampant corruption follows. 

6) Iraq, 16/100 — No real surprise here. The US-led invasion shook the country to its core in 2003, and the Iraqi government's been shaky every since. While the US classifies its government as a Federal Parliamentary Constitutional Republic, but that's pretty debatable. When US forces left the country, a power vacuum of extremist groups and Shiite vs. Sunni controversy was born. All this, then add Daesh. 

4) Afghanistan 12/100 — Not exactly MENA, but this Muslim world country is not doing so well either. A shaky Islamic Republic central government glues it together on paper, but tribal leaders and warlords play a heavy hand in politics.

 

 

 


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