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Report Highlights Corruption In Palestinian Institutions

The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity has issued its report for 2013, focusing on corruption and the lack of oversight in official, private and civil Palestinian institutions, reports Hazem Balousha.
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas speaks during a meeting of Fatah's central committee and the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) executive committee in the city of Ramallah in the Israeli occupied West Bank, on May 13, 2012,  a day after Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu sent his response to a letter from Abbas on the stalled peace process.  AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI        (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/GettyImages)
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The annual report for 2013 issued by the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) showed that corruption is still rampant inside public Palestinian institutions despite the progress during the past year. It showcased the positive and negative developments that affected corruption in various sectors, focusing on the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank, as gathering information from Gaza’s Hamas government is difficult.

The report, entitled “Corruption and Ways to Combat it,” recommended that steps be taken to re-evaluate the general structure of the PA’s institutions, reduce the number of non-ministerial public institutions and merge them into more efficient bodies as well as implement fiscal changes and put an end to the squandering of public funds.

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