Democracy Index 2018: Zimbabwe remains authoritarian regime
THE Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) considers Zimbabwe an authoritarian regime in its recent Democracy Index.
Zimbabwe takes 1374th place (out of 167) , just below Cameroon, Rwanda, Angola and Mozambique which are all rated authoritaria.
Zimbabwe however fares better than Guinea, Swaziland, Togo and the bottom-placed DR Congo.
The EIU Democracy Index provides a snapshot of the state of world democracy for 165 independent states and two territories.
The Democracy Index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture.
Based on their scores on 60 indicators within these categories, each country is then itself classified as one of four types of regime: full democracy; flawed democracy; hybrid regime; and authoritarian regime.
“Belarus, Azerbaijan and the four central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) remain dictatorships, most of whose leaders have stayed in place for decades. We expect little to no improvement in the scores for these countries over the coming years, as there appears to be no credible possibility in any of them of the political opposition gaining power,” the report reads.
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President Emmerson Mnangagwa will next week embark on a four-nations tour of Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan on an economic re-engagement drive, before winding up in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum.
This was revealed by Presidential spokesperson George Charamba.
Charamba said the pending visits by the President were strategic and Zimbabwe was expecting “quite a bumper harvest of agreements and Memoranda of Understanding”.
“In respect of the first four, they are at the invitation of his counterparts,” he said.
“The countries, which are in the same region, are strategic both bilaterally and multilaterally.”
Mr Charamba said Russia was an economic player in terms of investments in Zimbabwe, particularly in the mining and agriculture sectors.
Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand and Denmark top the list of full democracies. North Korea, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Chad are at the bottom of the Democracy Index. — ZOOMZimbabwe