Somalia has been named as the most corrupt country in the world; with Denmark considered the fairest… while experts warn the US is ‘one to watch’, according to Transparency International.
Somalia was rated the most corrupt with a score of 10, followed by Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, North Korea, Sudan, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Afghanistan and Libya.
The Corruption Perceptions Index showed more than two-thirds of countries scoring below 50, on its scale where 100 are very clean and zero is very corrupt.
Somalia is the most corrupt in the world, Denmark the least, while America’s falling score is a ‘red flag’, according to a global corruption watchdog.
Transparency International highlighted Hungary and the United States in their Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018, with America being knocked from the top 20 ‘cleanest’ list.
‘If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally -this is a bipartisan issue that requires a bipartisan solution.’
Zoe Reiter, the watchdog’s acting representative to the US, said they had serious concerns over the Trump administration but that corruption had been a mounting problem for years.
‘Conflict of interest wasn’t a new problem, but it was illuminated in its glory when you have someone who is basically breaking norms.
The most improved were Estonia, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Guyana; and decliners included Australia, Chile, Malta and Mexico.