Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 months ago

is Israel the only democratic country in middle east?

and Kurdistan iraq?

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  • 9 months ago
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    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

    Egypt: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.

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  • 9 months ago

    To call Isreal a democracy is a stretch.

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    • Robert
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      9 months agoReport

      Quote: “Every citizen of the State of Israel over the age of 18 years has the right to participate in elections.”:

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  • 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 .

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    • Robert
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      9 months agoReport

      Palestinian joy at the murder of civilians, extends also to the United States of America - please see source for Palestinian reaction to 9/11:

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