Cracking down on the illicit trade in tobacco is crucial to fighting corruption

From: Christian Science Monitor

Can fighting corruption help Arab states sell painful economic reforms?

By Taylor Luck, Correspondent


And in Jordan, the government seized on the production and smuggling of counterfeit name-brand cigarettes to launch its own anti-corruption campaign. King Abdullah even issued a rare address to the Jordanian cabinet declaring “we will break the back of corruption.”

“No-one is above the law, no matter who he or she is,” the king told the ministers, adding, “The message to all is that this is a red line.”

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