In 2021, Turkmenistan took 161 out of 167 places in the Democracy Index , which is compiled by the British research center Economist Group Unit. The country scored 1.66 points and entered the top ten outsiders, finishing seventh from the bottom.
The rating is compiled on the basis of ratings for five indicators:
- Electoral process and pluralism, in which Turkmenistan received 0 points;
- performance by the government of its functions (Functioning of government) – 0.79 points;
- participation in the political process (Political participation) – 2.22 points;
- political culture (Political culture) – 5 points;
- civil liberties (Civil liberties) – 0.29 points.
In 2021, Turkmenistan received the lowest score in the last 15 years. In 2006, the country scored 1.83 points, from 2008 to 2013 it regularly received 1.72 points, in 2014-2016 – 1.83 points and in 2017-2020 – again 1.72 points.
Afghanistan is at the bottom of the list. Then, to Turkmenistan, go Myanmar, North Korea, Congo, the Central African Republic and Syria.
The authors of the document note that “dramatic changes took place at the bottom of the ranking: Afghanistan and Myanmar ousted North Korea and occupied the last two lines.”
As for other countries in the region, Kyrgyzstan is in 115th place, followed by Kazakhstan (128), Uzbekistan (150) and Tajikistan (157). Russia ranked 124th.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan