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Corrupt to the Core, Thailand’s Military-Backed Gov’t Sinks Further in World Corruption Index

Source: Transparency International Corruptions Perception Index
Source: Transparency International Corruptions Perception Index

Thailand sunk farther on Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index, dropping six places to 100 out of 180 nations.

The kingdom’s actual score also dropped one point from last year to 35 out of 100.

The military seized power in the 2014 coup promising to the end corruption of democratically elected governments whose policies it disagreed with. But in the seven years since, corruption has run wild with the country falling from 85th place on the Index in 2014 to 99 in 2018 and, under the military-backed government that fixed the 2019 election, 110.

The CPI ranks countries and territories by their perceived levels of public-sector corruption on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), according to surveys of experts and businesspeople.

Denmark, Finland, New Zealand shared the top position with the score of 88.

Among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Singapore received the highest score of 85, ranked the world’s fourth place for the least corruption.