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Baghdad today - Baghdad
In the past twenty years, corruption has dug deep roots in Iraq, and it cannot be controlled if there is no political will and consensus on that, in light of billion budgets that may not have reflected positively on the general situation in the country. Corruption in the Iraqi state.
Al-Daami told "Baghdad Today", Wednesday (August 16, 2023), that "with every government formation beginning, political struggles begin over positions, bodies, and special grades, all the way to public directors, and this is unquestionable evidence that it is a struggle over the benefits that the parties and their officials obtain.". He added,
"Some of the benefits of parties and politicians are clear and exposed, while others depend on referring projects at specific rates to the influential parties, but on the other hand, there are those who do not continue in their position if they disagree with the party that adopts them." He pointed out that
"following up on the number of arrest warrants issued against former ministers or their agents, in addition to the rest of the other positions, shows another picture of the extent of corruption," noting that
"the Integrity Commission is working well and achieved important results in the last period by opening many files on the names of the corrupt.".
The roots of corruption in Iraq
After 2003, Iraq witnessed a significant increase in the phenomenon of corruption.
Perhaps this is due to the nature of the circumstances in which it lived, especially the stage of the American occupation and the dismantling of the institutions of the Iraqi state, as well as the historical roots of corruption that formed the “first seed of corruption” to grow after 2003 for various and multiple reasons and provided the appropriate environment for the increase in rates of corruption. Corruption and its growing problem.
Integrity mechanisms in the fight against corruption
The Integrity Commission in Iraq has mechanisms and policies that differ and distinguish it from the rest of the competent authorities in combating corruption, with the presence of many constitutional and legal texts and materials that define the work of the Commission, as well as repeated demands for the Integrity Commission to be the pivotal institution in the Iraqi political system that guarantees the transparency and integrity of the political, administrative and legislative process.
The Integrity Commission is the investigative tool charged with combating corruption, and in turn drew mechanisms and policies in order to reduce the inflated rates of corruption after 2003, which are confirmed by local and international reports, which differ and intersect with each other by specifying a common percentage for the extent of corruption, despite their agreement on the exacerbation of this problem.
years of peak corruption
Officials’ estimates vary about the value of what Iraq lost as a result of corruption, between 450 to 650 billion dollars after the US invasion of the country in 2003, most of which occurred between 2006 and 2014, in which Iraq witnessed huge corruption crimes, especially in infrastructure projects and those related to the housing and health sectors. Education, roads, bridges, energy and arming the army.
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