Uzbekistan Ranks at the Bottom Again in Corruption Perception Index
Uzbekistan is scraping the bottom of Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index again this year, tied with Turkmenistan at the 177th spot out of 182 countries -- just above Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), North Korea and Somalia.
In an interview with Richard Solash of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Miklos Marschall, the deputy managing director of Transparency International, says that countries that were performing poorly in the past tended to stay in the low rankings: "corruption is so endemic that that is almost the system. So it's not a deviation from the system, it is the system."
The Arab Spring uprisings show that people are losing patience with their corrupt systems, says Marschall. That "should send an important message to some governments in Central Asia and some other places that corruption can lead to regime changes," he said.
Marschall is rather bleak on the prospects for these countries.
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