Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have been named the most corrupt leaders of the year.
Lukashenko and Erdogan are the best in corruption
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been named the OCCCRP’s Corrupt of the Year by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.
Alexander Lukashenko, the dictator of Belarus, has been named the Bosnia-Herzegovina-based organization’s Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).
Lukashenko and his family have been implicated in various forms of corruption, including embezzlement of government funds. Protests erupted last year against Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1993.
Government forces cracked down on the opposition. Lukashenko has also been blamed for causing extreme humanitarian catastrophe by pushing European-bound migrants to the Polish border this year.
The US-funded OCCRP has found evidence of rampant corruption by former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country with the future of millions of Afghans in the hands of the Taliban.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of abusing state power and embezzling billions of dollars.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been accused of using Chinese funds to buy fuel oil from Iran through state-owned banks. Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has also been named one of the most corrupt people of the year for embezzling government funds and taking bribes.
According to an investigation by the group, which was founded in 2006, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was named the most corrupt man of the year last year. Earlier, world leaders such as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Russian President Vladimir Putin were named in the list of the most corrupt people of the year.
Nibar (November 26) quoted the international news agency Reuters Anadolu news agency as saying.
According to the Anadolu News Agency, Erdogan has tasked the State Oversight Council, an audit body, to identify organizations that bought large amounts of foreign currency and to determine if there was any manipulation.
This week, Erdogan promised to stick to the policy of easing interest rates. Only then did the value of the lira fall to record levels. The currency has lost 45 percent of its value this year, and almost half of it in just two weeks.
Despite 20 percent inflation, Erdogan took the central bank’s move to lower the central bank’s policy rate to 15 percent. Then on Tuesday (November 23) the value of the currency fell to 13.45 against the dollar.
Erdogan said in his speech that Turkey was fighting an economic war of independence and would not bow to pressure to change course. We see that those who want to push our country out of the equation are playing with exchange rates, interest rates and inflation.
The state-owned Anadolu News reports that Turkey’s state oversight council will be able to demand that those agencies provide relevant information and documents. And send the results to the relevant authorities.