(The Daily Star / Mohammad Azakir)
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Corruption in the Arab region is a continuing problem, but Lebanon is not the worst of the lot, concluded the Lebanese Transparency Association at the launch of a regional report Wednesday.Although the political system varies between republics and monarchies as well as some countries subjected to revolutions and some not, the association's report "Political Corruption in the Arab World" found the result was pretty much the same across the board – bad.The top-down system followed in many Arab countries has endangered the citizen's sense of belonging and democracy, it added.Although in Lebanon corruption occurs to a lesser extent than in other Arab countries, it is still endemic. Five Arab countries – not including Lebanon – are ranked among the world's top 10 most corrupt nations, according to Transparency International's 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index.
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