Egypt’s Corruption Woes

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Egypt’s Corruption Woes

Upon taking office, President Mohamed Morsy vowed to eliminate corruption in Egypt. Indeed, corruption was among the first issues he identified as posing the most serious challenge to the Egyptian economy. Yet despite his rhetoric, little has changed under his administration – so far, at least.

By the end of last year, Egypt had dropped six spots in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index, a measure of the perceived level of public sector corruption. Similarly, the Global Defense Sector Corruption Index ranked Egypt among the countries most susceptible to defense sector corruption.

And while, anecdotal evidence suggests that the high-level corruption that wracked Mubarak regime has declined, low-level corruption may actually have gotten worse.
Click here to read the rest of the article, published by CNN on February 8, 2013.

Sahar Aziz is president of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association and a fellow at ISPU. Derek Clinger is a Law Clerk at the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association.

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