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Bangladesh score on Democracy Index lowest

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Bangladesh’s rank in the recently published Democracy Index 2017 has dropped to its lowest in the past decade.

The Economist Intelligence Unit published the index on January 24.

Bangladesh has ranked 92nd with an overall score of 5.43 out of ten, which is lower its score in 2016. Bangladesh scored 5.73 the previous year.

Neighbouring country India got 42nd position on the index, and Norway once again topped the rankings with an overall score of 9.87, followed by Iceland and Sweden.

In 2017, the Democracy Index average global score fell from 5.52 in 2016 to 5.48. A total of 89 countries experienced a decline in their total score compared with 2016, more than three times as many as the countries that recorded an improvement (27).

This is the worst performance since 2010-11 in the aftermath of the global economic and financial crisis. The other 51 countries stagnated, as their scores remained unchanged compared with 2016.

The report revealed that not a single region recorded an improvement in its average score compared with 2016. The US was demoted from a full democracy to a flawed democracy in the same report last year.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories.

Based on its scores on a range of indicators within these categories, each country is classified as one of four types of regime: “full democracy,” “flawed democracy,” “hybrid regime,” and “authoritarian regime.”

The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU), who published the index, is the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, the sister company to The Economist newspaper.

This is the tenth edition of the Democracy Index, which began in 2006.

-NK

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