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Panama Perceived Corruption Up From Last Year

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Panama’s ranking according to the Corruption Perception Index prepared by the Transparency International rose to an index of 3.3 points. Panama’s 2010 ranking was 3.6. This year Panama saw several cases of corruption in the country, whose corrupt parties have not received the corresponding penalties.

Original Article Text From La Prensa, Panama:

Increases in the Perception of Corruption in Panama, according to IT

The perception of corruption in Panama increased in 2011 compared to last year, said Thursday December 1 in Panama City. According to the Corruption Perception Index prepared by the German organization Transparency International (TI) , Panama won this year of 3.3 index points, while the score obtained was 3.6 last year.

This is on a scale from zero (highly corrupt) to 10 (very transparent). The fall of Panama was significant considering that moved up from 73 to 86, according to the list of 183 countries surveyed by the NGO.

At present the results of Panama, Angelica Maytín, executive director of Transparency International chapter in Panama, and Carlos Gasnell, Foundation for Citizen Freedom Development, stressed that this year has seen several cases of corruption in the country, who have not received the corresponding penalties. They added that many of the people involved in these cases give up their jobs, but then are rewarded with other appointments. “(…)

This decline should serve our country to become aware of the limited will that exists to adopt a national integrity plan with goals in the short and medium term to take us to meet its commitments to international conventions against corruption, “said a statement. (With Isidro Rodriguez)

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