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Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Overview of corruption and anti-corruption

By Coralie Pring
U4 Expert Answer 2015:7

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Levels of corruption in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, while lower than in Iraq as a whole, are relatively high compared to other countries in the region. Corruption challenges are rooted in the strong role that the two established political parties have in the political system, nepotism, a weak bureaucracy and the difficulties associated with managing oil revenues. While progress has been made on delivering the government’s 2009 ‘Good Governance and Transparency Strategy’ and the ‘Vision for 2020’, there have been few high-profile convictions for corruption cases. A challenging media environment remains a serious constraint on effective anti-corruption reform.

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