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Iranian MP Acknowledges 'Systemic Corruption' in Regime

Ahmad Tavakoli, Member of Parliament on the Budget and Planning Commission, said: “We have reached a state of systematic corruption. The term ‘systemic corruption’ is used to describe a state where institutions that are tasked to battle corruption in the judiciary branch, the security forces and the Majlis are themselves corrupt to an extent. Here is an example of common corruption in Iran: by making links between senior figures, one can reach some objectives and even high-ranking bank directors can help them when a parliamentarian is told not to bring the issue to the Energy Commission.” 

World Bank: Iran has Worst Internet among 19 countries in Middle East and North Africa

In its latest report, the World Bank published the status of broadband internet by country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); Iran ranked last among these countries. The MENA region includes Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Lebanon, Oman and Jordan. 

The state-run Tabnak website wrote on February 27th: “In the World Bank report, access to internet with broadband was studied. According to this report, only 12% of Iranian households have access to internet with broadband. This is while Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar have the most households connected with 88%, 69% and 66%, respectively.

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