By Mark-Anthony Johnson

Mapped: The State of Democracy in Africa 2022: The world’s (almost) eight billion people live under a wide variety of #political and #cultural circumstances. In broad terms, those circumstances can be measured and presented on a sliding scale between “free” and “not free”—the subtext being that #democracy lies on one end, and #authoritarianism on the other.

This year’s Democracy Index report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), is one such attempt to apply a score to countries based on how closely they measure up to democratic ideals.

According to #EIU, the state of democracy is at its lowest point since the index began in 2006, blamed in part on the #pandemic restrictions that saw many countries struggling to balance #publichealth with personal freedom.

In this year’s report, the EIU reported a drop of the average global score from 5.37 to 5.28, the biggest drop since 2010 after the global financial crisis. This translates into a sobering fact: only 46% of the #population is living in a democracy “of some sort.”

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#SubSaharanAfrica has the most countries at the bottom of the Democracy Index rankings.

The fact is that 23 countries are considered “authoritarian regimes”. Meanwhile, there are 14 countries that are hybrid regimes, six countries under flawed democracy, and only one country, #Mauritius, is considered a full democracy.

In #NorthAfrica, four countries are considered authoritarian regimes: #Sudan#Egypt#Libya and #Algeria. Only #Morocco and #Tunisia fall into the hybrid regime classification.

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