Local December 5, 2012 | 9:28 am

The country fares badly in corruption ranking, again

Berlin.- Dominican Republic ranks 118th on transparency in the use of taxpayers’ money, under Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, released in Berlin Wednesday.

Chile and Uruguay figure as Latin America’s least corrupt countries, while Venezuela is the most corrupt.

Denmark, Finland and New Zealand head the list of the 176 countries studied, scoring 90 of a possible 100 points.

Canada tops the list in the Americas with 84 points, whereas the United States ranks19th.

In the 48th spot is Costa Rica, followed by Cuba 58th and Brazil 69th.

Dominican Republic ranked 118, while Venezuela and Haiti share last place at 165th.

The country has consistently fared badly in TI’s yearly ranking, despite pledges to combat corruption.

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