is Israel the only democratic country in middle east?
and Kurdistan iraq?
- Bilge RatLv 59 months agoFavorite Answer
Wikipedia has a list of each country that is considered to be part of the Middle East, along with their government:
Bahrain: Absolute monarchy
Cyprus: Presidential republic
Iran: Islamic republic
Iraq: Parliamentary republic
Israel: Parliamentary republic
Jordan: Constitutional monarchy
Kuwait: Constitutional monarchy
Lebanon: Parliamentary republic
Oman: Absolute monarchy
Palestine: Semi-presidential republic
Qatar: Absolute monarchy
Saudi Arabia: Absolute monarchy
Syrai: Presidential republic
Turkey: Presidential republic
United Arab Emirates: Federal Absolute monarchy
Yemen: Provisional presidential republic
So of the 17 countries, 5 have absolute monarchies (essentially no democracy), 7 have parliamentary or presedential republics (so democracy, at least on paper) and 5 (Jordan, Kuwait, Iran, Yemen and Palestine) are unclear at first glance.
Looking into it further, the monarch of Jordan has considerable power, including choosing who serves in the government. Although he is bound by a constitution the people have little say, so it is not a democracy.
Kuwait has both a constitution and elections although the monarch still has the power to appoint people to certain positions. I would call this a partial democracy.
Iran calls itself a republic because it has no monarch, but it instead has an unelected Supreme Leader who is essentially the same thing. The supreme leader is chosen by an 'Assembly of Experts' but they are pretty much puppets. The people have no say. Not a democracy.
Palestine is essentially a disputed territory with two competing governments. Until the region stabilises it is not a democracy since people can't vote.
The situation in Yemen is similar. It did have a democratic government until a partial coup in 2014. I would call this a partial democracy since the original government still controls some areas of the country.
So in total I make that 7 democracies, 2 partial democracies and 8 non democracies.Source(s): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East
- rustbucketLv 69 months ago
To call Isreal a democracy is a stretch.
- 9 months ago
Israel is racist and Democracy isn't a Middle East or African tradition . Middle East and African nations have always had kings .