The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) revealed in its 2018 Democracy Index report that Iraq is ranked the fifth best democracy among Arab countries and 112th in the world.
The EIU report shows the level of democracy in 167 countries around the world. The rankings are based on several considerations, such as the nature of the electoral process, civil liberties, political culture, pluralism and others.
According to the report, Tunisia ranked 69th in the world and first in the Arab world, followed by Morocco, which was ranked second in the Arab world but only 101st globally. Lebanon ranked 104th globally and third in the Arab world, Palestine was 108th in the world and fourth in the Arab world, Iraq took the 112th position globally and fifth in the Arab world, and Jordan was ranked 117th in the world and sixth among the Arabs.
Meanwhile, Norway took the top spot as the world’s best democracy, followed by Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, Canada and Australia.
In its tenth edition, the report classifies democracies into four categories: Full Democracies, Flawed Democracies, Hybrid Regimes, and Authoritarian Regimes.
The report shows that 52 countries around the world have been classified as dictatorships, accounting for 34 percent of the world's population, while only 4.5 percent of the world's population lives under pure democratic systems in just 19 countries.