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Liberians demand accountability from government but see corruption on the rise, Afrobarometer survey shows

4 Jun 2021 Liberia

Liberians want an accountable government but say that corruption is increasing in the country, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

Nearly two out of three citizens prefer an accountable government over one that can get things done without being answerable to its citizens. But most Liberians say some key elected officials “never” or “only sometimes” listen to their constituents.

And counter to their aspirations for accountable governance, a majority of Liberians say the level of corruption in the country increased during the previous year, with high levels of corruption perceived among the police, members of the House of Representatives and senators, and other officials.

Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index ranked Liberia among the world’s worst-performing countries (137th out of 180).