Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.3
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged the Ministry of Intelligence to make every effort to deal with economic corruption, the Fars News Agency reported on Feb. 3.
Referring to unacceptable standards of living in the country, the president added that economic corruption is widespread and confronting it requires comprehensive planning.
It is a vital and emergency task for all, especially for the Ministry of Intelligence, to combat economic corruption, he added.
Iran has fallen from 133 to 144 among 177 countries in terms of the Corruption Perceptions there, compared to last year, according to Transparency International's annual report released on December 3, 2013.
The Corruption Perceptions index ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The index assigns scores of between one and 100, one being highly corrupt and 100 clean.
Iran obtained a score of 25 in the 2013 Corruption Perceptions index, while the country's score in 2012 index stood at 28.
Comparing 2011, Iran's rank has fallen by 13 steps from 120 to 133 in 2012.
The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 serves as a reminder that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world.
No country has a perfect score, and two-thirds of countries score below 50. This indicates a serious, worldwide corruption problem.
Iran ranked 78 in 2003 which is country's best rank during the last ten years.
The country's rank started falling during the administration of ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005 - 2013).
The worse rank belongs to 2009, when Iran ranked 168.
Edited by C.N.