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Kabul wants to take lead on corruption fight

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Afghanistan has been ranked as one of the top five most corrupt nations on earth, with officials and foreign contractors benefitting from the siphoning of hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid.

For the people, bribery has become a way of life as the average Afghan is said to spend $156 dollars per year on illegal payments.

The government of Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, blames uncontrolled foreign spending on the rising costs associated with daily life in Afghanistan.

Last year, however, Karzai fired a prosecutor after one case alleged 17 members of the cabinet of being complicit in graft.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Kabul on the calls by the government to have more control over the spending of hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid.

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