Local February 22, 2018 | 1:34 pm

Govt. must change course after ‘shameful’ corruption rank

President Danilo Medina. File

Santo Domingo.- The watchdog group Citizen Participation (PC) on Wed. called on the government to “change course” after Transparency International’s “shameful” ranking of the Caribbean nation on the  Corruption Perception Index 2017. ,.

“The Dominican population has already expressed itself through the surveys and the officials who try to deny or hide the corruption that’s in plain sight for the whole world,” PC said in reference to Transparency’s document released Wed. in Berlin.

PC said the report confirms the “widespread perception” that corruption and impunity predominate in the Dominican Republic.

“We take the opportunity to call on the Dominican Government and its preventive entities, control and prosecution of corruption…, to change the course that has placed the country in this shameful place.”

According to Transparency International, the Dominican Republic is among the countries with highest corruption levels, with 29 points out of 100, this year ranked 135th out of 180 countries.

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