War-hit nations head corrupt list BBC

Iraq has been ranked by Transparency International(TI) as one of the world's most corrupt countries, just above Somalia as the "least clean" state.

The index is based on perceptions of public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories.

The high levels of corruption amount to a humanitarian disaster said Huguette Labelle, chair of the watchdog.

At the bottom of the transparency table, along with Somalia and Iraq, are Burma, Haiti, Afghanistan and Sudan.

While Iraq remains in the same bottom-three position in the table as last year, the level of perceived corruption in the country collated by the Berlin-based organisation has increased.

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