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Dzurinda’s government looks weak on corruption

THE REPUTATION of Mikulas Dzurinda’s government on corruption has been corroding in the eyes of the public over the past five years, the daily SME wrote.

In 1999, 49 percent of the Slovak people felt that the government was not interested in solving the problems of corruption and bribery. Today, 60 percent feel that way, according to a poll conducted by the Focus polling agency for the political ethics watchdog Transparency International Slovakia.

The number of those who consider corruption a problem is also decreasing.

In 2003, 24 percent of the population considered corruption a serious problem, while today only 18 percent feel that way.

According to Emília Sičáková Beblavá, the president of Transparency International, Slovak society tends to attribute all public sector failings to the government.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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