Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas announced last month that he would resign "as a matter of honor" if his country's mediocre rating in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index did not improve in 2007. Lithuania came 46th among 167 countries in 2006. Jolanta Piliponyte, project director at Transparency International's Lithuanian Chapter, a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by Open Society Fund Lithuania, is encouraged by the prime minister's pledge, but skeptical about the effect it will have. She spoke recently with The Baltic Times about Lithuania's bat...
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