We have seen recently a wave of high-profile corruption scandals throughout Latin America. There was for example the one in Guatemala involving the now former President and Vice-President; the one in Brazil, involving high level government officials linked to the partly state-owned oil and gas company Petrobras, and another that involves money laundering against a former President; the one in Bolivia involving the President’s former girlfriend and a Chinese company and another one involving the indigenous development fund; the one in Chile, involving the President’s son and another one involving her daughter in law; the one in Panama involving a former President, who left Panama to avoid pending prosecution for illegal wiretaps and misused of over $1 billion government funds, as well as the case of six of his former ministers and vice-ministers under investigation for stealing and misusing public funds; and the one in Honduras involving millions of dollars of public funds from the country’s health care system being used to fund an election campaign. These cases have nourished the high perception of corruption that continuous to plague Latin America. While corruption and this type of scandals is a challenge in every single society in our world today, it has been more consistently persistent in Latin America. Why?
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