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BD rises four places on Democracy Index

Published : Thursday, 10 January, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 784

Bangladesh has gained four places on the latest Democracy Index, compared to the previous year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
That falls in line with the EIU's finding that Asia recorded the highest improvement in its score out of any region.
Bangladesh ranks 88th with an overall score of 5.57 on the Democracy Index 2018, compared to the 92nd position with a score of 5.43 a year ago. Bangladesh's score on the Democracy Index 2017 fell to its lowest in a decade.
Despite gains on the latest index, Bangladesh is still classified as a hybrid regime and is way behind India, a flawed democracy, that climbed only one notch to the 41st spot.
Overall, the report comes as good news to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who formed a government for an unprecedented fourth term amid allegations of vote rigging from the opposition alliance.  
The report reveals that despite a growing disillusionment with formal political institutions, political participation is on the rise in almost every region around the world, with the population being spurred into political action.
The index which assesses the global state of democracy in 2018 also reveals that in the past decade, women's political participation has improved more than any other single indicator in the model.
China rose nine places in the global ranking, although it remains classified as an authoritarian regime and its climb in the index mainly reflects the worsening scores of other countries in the index, particularly in Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Sri Lanka fell back more than any other country in the region. It saw a marked decrease in its score from 6.48 in 2017 to 6.19, driven by a worsening in the functioning of government and in civil liberties.
The country plunged into a constitutional crisis in late October when the president, Maithripala Sirisena, announced the dismissal of the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, replacing him with an ally, Mahinda Rajapaksa (who served as president in 2005-15).
The EIU report released on Wednesday says only countries with scores above 8 are categorised as "full" democracies.
Little change was felt in Asia's two largest democracies: India (ranked 41st) and Indonesia (65th). Both are readying themselves for elections in 2019.

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