Egyptian lawmaker Maha Abdel Nasser has called for an investigation into government corruption, saying that the country’s leaders must be held accountable for their actions. Nasser’s comments come amid growing public frustration with the government’s handling of the economy and its failure to address the country’s many pressing problems. While corruption has long been a problem in Egypt, it has become especially pronounced in recent years, with a number of high-profile scandals coming to light. Nasser’s call for an investigation is likely to add to the pressure on the government to take action on the issue.
Abdel Nasser requested a briefing request to the prime minister and minister of planning to discuss the decline of the country’s global ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). According to the CPI, Egypt has fallen four spots in the last year, and is now ranked 144th out of 180 countries. This is a troubling sign for a country that has been trying to improve its image and business climate in recent years.
Nasser expressed his concern that the country’s ranking could have a negative impact on foreign investment, which is essential for Egypt’s economic growth. He also noted that the CPI is just one measure of corruption, and that there are many other indicators that show Egypt is making progress in combating corruption.
This year, Egypt ranked 130th out of 180 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), making it one of the most corrupt countries in the world. This is a significant drop from last year, when Egypt was ranked 117th. In the Arab world, Egypt is now tied for 11th place with Mauritania.
The CPI is a yearly ranking of countries by Transparency International, a leading anti-corruption NGO. The index (score) is based on expert assessments of public sector corruption. A country’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries in the index. The higher the rank, the less corrupt the country is perceived to be.
In her briefing request, the MP from the Social Democratic Party, Maha Abdel Nasser, said questions need to be posed to the government about the reasons behind the drop in Egypt’s ranking. She noted that the country had previously been ranked 116th out of 190 countries, but has now fallen to 139th. Abdel Nasser called on the government to take action to improve the country’s ranking.
Abdel Nasser demanded opening an immediate investigation through the oversight authorities to detect the government’s real efforts in combating corruption, with the results of the probe being announced to the public for the benefit of full transparency and credibility. Such an investigation would allow for full public scrutiny of the government’s actions against corruption and would help to build trust between the government and the people.
Tariq Morsi, a former member of the Egyptian Parliament’s Labour Committee, said that Egypt’s decline in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) bears multiple connotations. The simplest and most prominent of which is that Al-Sisi sponsors and encourages corruption, and that corruption grows and increases as long as the military institution controls authority. Morsi went on to say that this situation is not unique to Egypt, and that other nations which have undergone similar transitions from autocracy to democracy have also seen an increase in corruption.
“The figures do not lie, but rather clearly declare that the Egyptian state is collapsing under Al-Sisi’s rule,” said Mohammed Badie, the Brotherhood’s General Guide. “Unemployment, poverty, and inflation are all rising, while the government is doing nothing to address the root causes of these problems.”
Badie added that the Egyptian people have had enough of Al-Sisi’s rule, and that it is time for him to step down. “The Egyptian people will no longer tolerate this failed government,” he said. “It is time for Al-Sisi to go, and for a new government to take its place.”
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks 180 countries and territories around the world by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and businesspeople. The index, which was first published in 1995, uses a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 indicating high levels of perceived corruption and 100 indicating low levels. This year, the average score was 43, indicating that corruption is still a major problem around the world. Denmark, New Zealand, and Finland topped the list with scores of 87, 86, and 85, respectively. Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria were at the bottom of the list with scores of 10, 9, and 8, respectively.
The region continues to struggle with authoritarianism, with the Arab Spring uprisings failing to dismantle the power structures that allow those at the top to retain control and hinder political integrity. “This has caused pervasive civil unrest – and violent conflict – as people fight for their rights and voices to be heard,” TI explained. The lack of accountability and transparency in government has led to frustration and discontent among people in the region, who are demanding change. However, the governments have been unwilling or unable to bring about the necessary reforms, leading to ongoing unrest and violence.
The instability and consolidation of power in turn fuels political corruption, feeding the vicious cycle of authoritarianism, corruption and conflict across the Arab world. Political corruption is a major problem in the Arab world, as it contributes to the instability of the region and fuels the cycle of authoritarianism and conflict. When leaders are corrupt, they are more likely to abuse their power and to engage in conflict with other countries. This, in turn, makes the region more unstable and creates an environment in which corruption can flourish.