MP accuses NIA of protecting corrupt officials

Corruption thriving in Iraq
Corruption thriving in Iraq

National Iraqi Alliance (NIA) protects corrupt officials by neither holding them accountable for their actions nor questioning them in parliament, Monadel al-Moussawi, a Karbala MP, said Friday.  

In a press statement, al-Moussawi said that NIA failed to root out corruption and confront corrupt officials despite possessing records incriminating a number of ministers. 

Successive governments since 2005 up till now offered nothing to the Iraqi citizen at all levels, he added. 

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has led a push to eliminate corruption and fraud in Iraq, which raised the concerns of the country’s political elite. 

Iraq ranks 166st out of 176 nations in Transparency International’s Corruption Index.

Corruption in Iraq is tied to chronically weak accountability and murky governance.

Estimates of how much goes missing vary from $100 billion lost since 2003 to $20 billion in 2013. One Iraqi government official put total money lost to corruption as high as $300 billion. 

Last Modified: 10 06 2017 11:06 AM

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