04 Feb '12, 4am

Brazil cabinet resignations are tip of a graft iceberg

Brazil cabinet resignations are tip of a graft iceberg

BRASILIA - The resignations of seven Brazilian cabinet ministers over corruption charges since President Dilma Rousseff took office is the tip of an endemic problem which experts say hobbles the country's bid for great power status. National media and cinema routinely portray graft as a multi-headed monster, rearing its head in the political arena through kickbacks and influence peddling, but also in the form of state inefficiency and police wrongdoing. But while it is ingrained in Brazilian history, corruption is currently of particular concern because it potentially threatens the country's huge investments to host the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics. "We are a rich country, but with habits of poor countries," said Castello Branco, head of Open Accounts, a non-governmental organization fighting graft. "The risk of corruption rises in proportion to the i...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1S...

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