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PA fails at curbing 'rampant' corruption

Surveys show that Palestinians believe that corruption is increasing under the Palestinian Authority, which has not even held required presidential and parliamentary elections.
Palestinian protesters hold signs that read in Arabic "Corruption is the reason for high cost of living" and "High prices and low wages are the policies of the government" during a protest against the high cost of living in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 11, 2012. Palestinain prime minister Salam Fayyad announced cuts to fuel prices and VAT after more than a week of protests across the West Bank over the spiralling cost of living. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI        (Photo credit should read ABBAS MO

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Since its inception under the Oslo Accord, fighting corruption has been one of the greatest challenges the Palestinian Authority (PA) has had to face. This is especially true in light of the dire economic conditions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the absence of legislative power and its monitoring role and the absence of the presidential and parliamentary elections. As per electoral law, the elections were supposed to happen in 2010.

The PA claims to be making strenuous efforts to fight against corruption by taking several initiatives such as forming the Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), joining the United Nations Convention against corruption in May 2014 and approving the national strategy to combat terrorism for the years 2015 to 2017. Yet, reports and Palestinian public opinion suggest that corruption remains rampant at all the PA institutions’ levels.

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