Corruption in Paraguay
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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.
He also removed members of the Supreme Court after corruption allegations surfaced against them. 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
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. 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.