Government corruption in Armenia has slightly decreased over the past year but remains widespread, according to an annual global survey released by Transparency International on Tuesday.

Armenia ranked 94th of 177 countries and territories covered in the Berlin-based watchdog’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), up from 105th place it occupied in last year’s survey. It lags far behind neighboring Turkey (53rd) and Georgia (55th) but is ahead of its two other neighbors, Azerbaijan (127th) and Iran (144th), in the rankings.

The nations surveyed were rated on a 100 point scale measuring the extent of good governance. Armenia received a CPI score of 36, compared with 34 assigned to it in the 2012 survey.

The Transparency International branch in Armenia has long been highly skeptical about repeated government pledges to combat bribery, nepotism and other corrupt practices. Its leaders say that President Serzh Sarkisian and his administration are not prepared for a genuine fight against corruption because it would endanger their hold on power.

According to the Global Corruption Barometer, another Transparency International survey that was released in July, 43 percent of Armenians think that the scale of government corruption in their country has actually increased in the last two years. Only 19 percent feel that the situation has improved, with the remaining 38 percent seeing no major changes.

The judicial system, police, healthcare and civil service were rated as the country’s most corrupt institutions, with at least two-thirds of respondents saying they are seriously affected by graft.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

President Sarkisian Withdraws Armenian-Turkish Protocols from Parliament

YEREVAN — Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has recalled from parliament protocols on…

Tigran Mansurian and Constantine Orbelian Get Grammy Nominations

NEW YORK — Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian’s Requiem has been nominated for…

A DECADE AND A HALF OF PATRIOTISM IN ACTION

By Sahag Toutjian The 15th Anniversary gala of Developmental Services for Armenia…

President Barack Obama: The United States Has Been a Steadfast Partner of Armenia

President of the United States Barack Obama sent a congratulatory message to…