Almost half of Moroccans paid bribes last year

Almost half of Moroccans paid bribes last year
People and Corruption: Middle East and North Africa 2016Transparency International

Bribery is very rife in Morocco according to a report by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI), released on Tuesday.

The Middle East and North Africa edition of the Global Corruption Barometer surveyed 10,797 adult participants between September 2014 and November 2015 in nine countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen.

50 million adults in the region had to pay bribes to access basic services, according to findings from the report.

Morocco came fourth in the list of the studied countries, with up to 48% of the surveyed Moroccans saying they paid a bribe to get access to basic public services.

38% of Moroccans who were asked in the study said that they were “forced” to pay a bribe in order to obtain access to public health care.

The poor in Morocco, according to the report, are the most likely to pay a bribe .

Yemen topped the list with 77% of Yemenis saying they had to pay a bribe to access services, followed by Egypt (50%) and Sudan and Morocco (48%).

Algeria, Palestine, Tunisia and Jordan are the countries whose citizens are least likely to pay a bribe to obtain services, according to the report.

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