Comptroller: Report of TI on corruption offends Venezuelans' dignity
Adelina González, the Acting Comptroller General, regretted that Transparency International has ranked Venezuela the most corrupt country in Latin America
"Such a perverse assertion makes no distinction and offends the dignity of all Venezuelans. It has been made by an organization which usually prepares reports without any validation or documentary support; which are not preceded by any studies, analyses, assessments or audits conducted with the necessary and essential technical and methodological rigor," said the senior officer in a press release.
According to González, the conclusions reached by the organization "are based on the perception stemming from the information released on the media and the opinions provided by the owners of banks, industry and trade."
"That organization is not supported by citizens' credibility and acceptance, as it continuously issues opinions without knowing the legal framework of countries, let alone the functional structure of the systems of internal and external control at the national, state, municipal or community levels," she contended.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.