PANAMA CITY (AFP) – 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.
The question is, will that translate into a lasting demand for cleaner politics?
“A new phenomenon” is being seen, said Jose Ugaz, a renowned Peruvian lawyer and the chairman of Transparency International, a Berlin-based anti-corruption watchdog, who expressed cautious optimism.
“What we are facing today is very different to what we were facing 27 years ago,” when Transparency International was founded, he told AFP.
“Around the world we are seeing this kind of corruption that affects the people — and we are seeing a mobilization of the people against it,” he said.
“I think it has been a difficult year — but at the same time it gives hope for the future.”
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