Corruption in Paraguay

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Observers maintain that corruption in Paraguay remains a major impediment to the emergence of stronger democratic institutions and sustainable economic development in Paraguay.[1]

Present situation[edit]

President Nicanor Duarte's measures to combat corruption have included increased penalties for tax evasion and other measures to increase tax revenue, greater oversight of government spending, and a crackdown on the trade of contraband and counterfeit goods.[1]

He also removed members of the Supreme Court after corruption allegations surfaced against them.[1] These measures have been partially successful, as evident in Transparency International's 2012 corruption perceptions index in which Paraguay ranked 150th out of 176 countries, tied with Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, and Papua New Guinea[1]

This ranking was an improvement from 2004 when the country was classified among the six most corrupt countries in the world and the second most corrupt in the Western Hemisphere.[1] The opposition, however, has claimed that anti-corruption efforts have not been far-reaching enough because they have not addressed the clientelism that is pervasive in Paraguayan politics or the dominance of the Colorado Party in governmental institutions.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Paraguay: Background and U.S. Relations" (RL34180). Olhero, Nelson & Mark P. Sullivan. Congressional Research Service (September 20, 2007).  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.