Juba, December 4, 2014 (SSNA) — The Republic of South Sudan has been ranked as one of the world’s most corrupt nations by the Germany-based corruption watchdog, the Transparency International.
In its report entitled, Corruption Perceptions Index 2014: Results, South Sudan is listed fifth corrupt country. On top of the list of most corrupt countries are Somalia, North Korea, Sudan, and Afghanistan.
The report also listed countries scores from 2012-2014. Based on the scores, South Sudan’s scores in 2013 and 20014 are 14 and 15 respectively; the 2012 score is recorded as “not applicable”.
The Transparency International ranking is based on how money influences elections, bribery, backroom dealers, among others.
South Sudan has been seeing rise in degrading by international organizations since fighting erupted in Juba last year.
In June, The Fund for Peace, a US-based research institution named South Sudan as the world’s most fragile state, citing fractured leadership, chronic instability, and the growing ethnic nature of the violence in the country.
The young nation also has a history of ethnic rivalry and social barriers.