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Perception of Corruption in Brazil Skyrocketed in 2017, Study Shows

02/22/2018 - 10h07

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MARIO CESAR CARVALHO
FROM SÃO PAULO

Although the Lava Jato operation sent powerful politicians and businessmen to jail, a study by Transparency International shows that the perception of corruption in Brazil skyrocketed last year.

Brazil fell 17 positions, from 79th to 96th on the ranking, close to countries such as Zambia, Colombia and Panama, all with 37 points. In this position, Brazil is behind Ruanda, Burkina Faso, East Timor and Saudi Arabia.

It is Brazil's worst position since 2012.

The three countries at the top of the ranking are New Zealand, Denmark and Finland, with 89, 88 and 85 points, respectively. The most corrupt country in the world is Somalia, with 9 points, ahead of Syria (14 points) and South Sudan (12).

In the survey held in 80 countries, two thirds had grades below 50, which, according to the criteria of Transparency International, means that they failed in their fights against corruption.

The Transparency International survey, called the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), is the most respected and used study in the world on ethics and public business.

In 2014, when the Lava Jato operation began, Brazil occupied the 69th position, with 43 points. Since then, the corruption perception has increased steadily.

"In 2017 there wasn't even an outline of a systemic response to the problem; on the contrary, the old politicians who hold on to power sabotaged all attempts to take on the problem," says Bruno Brandão, a representative of Transparency International.

Translated by THOMAS MUELLO

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