The continuing problem of KRG corruption

Authored by: Michael Rubin

Routledge Handbook on the Kurds

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138646643
eBook ISBN: 9781315627427
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Allegations of corruption feature large in the political discourse within Iraqi Kurdistan. Corruption and concerns about rule-of-law have also sullied Iraqi Kurdistan’s reputation internationally among governments, media, and potential investors. The U.S. State Department has called corruption “Kurdistan’s biggest economic problem.” 1 The discovery and exploitation of large oil reserves brought concerns about financial transparency, nepotism, and abuse-of-power to the forefront. Even Masoud Barzani, the de facto president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), has acknowledged the problem and created a five-year “Draft National Strategic Plan to Combat Corruption.” 2

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