Protesters rally in Sao Paulo against corruption and in support of the operation investigating the Petrobras scandal. AFP / Miguel SCHINCARIOL
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From the Panama papers to the impeachments of the presidents of Brazil and South Korea, 2016 was a year marked by corruption scandals, and by rising public outrage over graft.Implicated was a close friend of President Vladimir Putin, as well as current or former government officials in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East – more than 140 politicians and public officials in all.China, although in the middle of an anti-corruption drive that has netted more than a million officials, suppressed the Panama papers information relating to Xi's family in domestic media and online forums.Impeachment also hit South Korea's President Park Geun-hye this month.Other leaders, though, are batting away graft allegations that are piling up against them.South Africa's Jacob Zuma, nicknamed the "Teflon president" for his survival of multiple scandals, is also seeking to see his mandate through to 2019 with the backing of his ANC party, despite a court ruling he should face over 783 counts of corruption.
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