Following the release of the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, this press review focuses on corruption. It is seen as a major cause of crises, as “corruption chips away at democracy” (Patricia Moreira, Managing Director of the NGO).
How is the level of corruption of a country tied to the quality of its democracy? Bertrand Venard provides answers to this century-old question by analyzing NGO Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perception Index.
“ Can corruption kill democracy? ” , The Conversation, 29 January 2019
Port-au-Prince: the city has been ablaze since the anniversary of President Jovenel Moïse’s term, on February 7th. Protesters speak up against the corruption of government officers and face law enforcement officers on the streets. Six are dead already.
“ For Haitians, a reprieve from violence and protests on Sunday, but uncertainty remains ” , Miami Herald, 17 February, 2019
A year after Robert Mugabe’s eviction and the contested elections, President Mnangagwa has passed a series of austerity measures. In just a few months, inflation has risen by 300%. The streets are set ablaze and arrests are plentiful. This repression is worrisome, to say the least.
“ In Zimbabwe, an unpopular government is lashing out because “it fears its own people” ” , Equal times, 12 Februay 2019
Since president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has announced he is running for a fifth presidential term, the Algerian opposition is protesting. The majority supports the man who has been president since 1999, despite his lack of public appearances. This could result in conflict.
“ Algeria: Protests Grow against Bouteflika’s 5th Term ” , The North Africa Post, 18 February 2019
Andry Rajoelina had been president in Madagascar for a month, after a campaign lavish with promises and handouts on all sides. During his inauguration speech, he pledged to fight corruption. He has already set performance obligations for his ministers. Time will serve to see how serious his dedication to ending graft is.
“ Madagascar’s new president vows anti-graft fight ” , Daily Mail, 19 January, 2019
European Commissioner for justice Věra Jourová is behind the drafting of an extended list of uncooperative jurisdictions in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. Saudi Arabia and Panama are now blacklisted.
“ Commission adopts stricter blacklist of money launderers ” , Euractiv, 13 February, 2019
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