Ever since the world witnessed the results of dictatorship employed in many countries, democracy has been rising in popularity. In fact, it has been seen as ‘the most righteous way’ to rule a country without appointing an evil villain to create unrealistic and discriminative regulations. Despite this idealism, these democratic countries are at risk of losing their democracy.
While people might generally recall Turkey as a democratic country, novelist ElifShafak has pointed out that rather than being democratic, the country has been ruled by majoritarianism. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party or AKP is the longest running party and this is a highway that will bring the country’s democracy into authoritarianism.
With the death of their previous President and the first lady in a plane crash above Russian’s city, the country has been led by a populist leader. Its Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, was a banker who is now a right-wing populist and the tense around the European Union hasn’t been making things better as well.
The support for a democratic government has seen a huge decrease in South Africa since 1995 and the EIU in 2018 recently refers to the country as a ‘flawed democracy’. While people have the rights to vote, the participation in anything political is minimum and transparency over the electoral process is low.
Orban is another populist leader in a country that is already the least international around the continent. The country does not provide the channel to learn foreign language nor are the voices of minorities being heard.
Venezuela chose its leader through democracy, but after being placed on top of the pedestal, this leader locked his power in its spot for a very long time. Maduro remains in power over a country richer in oil than Saudi Arabia but already has 3 million of its people fled the country.