NGO: Venezuela is the most corrupt country in Latin America
According to Transparency International (TI) annual report, Venezuela ranks 165th along with Haiti, after they both obtained 19 points in the 100-point scale. The two countries are only ahead of Afghanistan, North Korea, Somalia or Iraq, which were the most corrupt nations worldwide
The report comprises 176 countries. Denmark, Finland, and New Zeeland obtained the highest qualification, 90 out of 100 points, AFP explained.
In the American continent, Canada ranked ninth (84 points), followed by Barbados (15th), and the US (19th).
Among the Latin American countries, Chile and Uruguay jointly ranked 20th. They are the least corrupt nations, obtaining 72 out of 100 points, which is highest level of transparency.
Then, there is the case of Costa Rica, ranking 48th (54 points); Cuba, 58th; and Brazil, 69th.
Further on in the list, there is El Salvador, Jamaica, Panama and Peru, which jointly ranked 83rd, while Colombia ranked 94th; Argentina, 102nd, and both Bolivia and Mexico, 105th.
Way after Guatemala (113th), the Dominican Republic (118th), Nicaragua (130th), Honduras (133 rd), and Paraguay (150th), there comes Venezuela and Haiti, which ranked 165th, obtaining 19 points only. The two countries are just a few positions above Afghanistan, North Korea, Somalia and Iraq, which were classified as the most corrupt nations worldwide.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.