From Panama Papers to impeachments: 2016 rocked by corruption scandals

Iceland's former Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson was the first major political casualty to emerge from the leak of the so-called Panama Papers financial documentsFrom the Panama Papers to the impeachments of the presidents of Brazil and South Korea, 2016 was a year marked by corruption scandals, and by rising public outrage over graft. “A new phenomenon” is being seen, said Jose Ugaz, a renowned Peruvian lawyer and the chairman of Transparency International, a Berlin-based anti-corruption watchdog, who expressed cautious optimism. “What we are facing today is very different to what we were facing 27 years ago,” when Transparency International was founded, he told AFP.

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