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Middle East corruption rankings: Syria most corrupt, UAE least, Turkey slipped

Corruption remains rampant across the Middle East and North Africa, Transparency International reports, with the region’s average score in combating corruption hitting a new low of 38. 
Microphone cables dangle over a logo of Transparency International during a press conference of the release of the Corruption Perceptions Index, Berlin, Germany, Sept. 23, 2008.

Syria is the worst, the United Arab Emirates performs the best when it comes to combatting corruption in the Middle East and North Africa region, while Turkey has witnessed a further decline of its score from 96 to 101 in global rankings, according to Transparency International report released on Tuesday.

The international corruption watchdog released its 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index, reviewing the track record in transparency and combating corruption of 180 countries. The majority of countries in the Middle East and North Africa have dropped in their ranking, with the average of the region hitting a new low of 38 out of 100 on a scale where a zero score indicates a highly corrupt state. 

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