War-torn nations remain the world’s most corrupt, Transparency International (TI) has said.
Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia are the lowest-ranked countries in TI’s annual global survey. They were all at the bottom of the list last year as well. “When essential institutions are weak or non-existent, corruption spirals out of control,” TI said.
New Zealand was the least corrupt, with last year’s winner Denmark as runner-up and Singapore third. It said this was a result of “political stability, long established conflict of interest regulations and solid, functioning public institutions”…
The UK ranked 17th, down one place from last year. The US also fell one place to 19th.
The last-named two are still engrossed in the discovery phase of corruption under Bush and Blair.